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April 30, 2003

Architect Group Names the Top Ten Green Projects for 2003

On Earth Day, April 22nd, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced its selection of the top ten examples of buildings that protect and enhance the environment. The 2003 AIA Top Ten Green Projects span a wide variety of buildings, including a home, a five-story housing project, and a forensics laboratory. Despite such diversity in buildings, all of them combine energy efficiency with appropriate uses of solar energy to meet the buildings' energy needs. The top ten projects implemented such design approaches as passive solar heating and cooling, natural ventilation, daylighting, earth- sheltered construction, and straw-bale construction. The projects include such technologies as high-efficiency lighting, solar electric systems, solar hot water systems, geothermal heat pumps, a natural-gas cogeneration system, a microturbine, and high-efficiency windows and appliances.

AIA's Committee on the Environment (COTE) developed the sixth annual Top Ten Green Projects initiative in partnership with DOE and Environmental Building News magazine. The top ten projects will be honored on May 1st at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., then again on May 9th at the AIA National Convention and Design Expo in San Diego, California. The AIA press release for the Top Ten Green Projects links each winning entry to a High-Performance Building Case Study on the EERE Web site. See the AIA press release.