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2006 AIA/COTE Top Ten Awards Exhibit
2006 Top Ten Awards
2006 AIA Top Ten Green Awards Up
Each year, the AIA Committee on the Environment has honored the Top Ten Green Projects. The awards program was founded in 1998 to recognize achievement in the field of environmentally responsible architecture and design.
This is a different kind of design competition—one that includes design excellence, technical excellence, and an awareness of the impact of building and rebuilding on people, communities, resources, and regions. The winners include new construction and adaptive reuse, and include buildings for learning, working, and living. Some of the solutions depend on sophisticated technologies and others utilize low-tech, low-cost designs.
They all were designed to be humanistic, highly effective buildings that, instead of just using less energy and causing less harm, actually do more.
COTE Mmission Up
The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.
The Jury Up
Kevin Burke, AIA, William McDonough + Partners, Charlottesville, VA
Jury members said that they wanted to pick a range of project and building types. The application forms gave them 10 metrics on each project for a quick reading on performance, however the jury was very focused on the architectural and design aspects of each project as well. According to Henry Siegel, FAIA, a member of the COTE national advisory group, “The projects chosen in the Top Ten for 2006 included striking examples of integrated thinking, design excellence, strong energy performance, and mindfulness of water, site, and community matters. The Top Ten Measures, the framework for this program, make up a robust definition of sustainable design, and we’re proud that this year’s winners again live up to those goals.”
COTE top ten measures Up
Measure 1 | Sustainable Design Intent & Innovation
AIA Las Vegas COTE Up
AIA Las Vegas Committee on the Environment (AIA LV-COTE) is an organization that promotes environmental leadership among architects, and seeks to make environmental considerations and sustainable design integral to the practice of architecture.
AIA LV-COTE’s mission is; to advocate, educate, and promote sustainable design; to be a forum for research and community outreach, and to act as a resource to the professional and non-professional community about the benefits of sustainable development in architecture and planning.
AIA LV-COTE are members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) who provide the volunteer resources and expertise to fulfill the mission of AIA LV-COTE to create sustainable buildings and communities by advancing, disseminating, and advocating environmental knowledge and values to the profession, industry, and public.
AIA LV-COTE is so vital to Las Vegas because architects play a unique role in decision-making that affects the environment. As specifiers of building products and materials, knowledgeable practitioners influence industry and manufacturing in the development of environmentally sound alternatives.
AIA LV-COTE would like to thank Consolidated Reprographics for donating the printing and mounting for this exhibit.