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Top 10 Green Buildings Improve Surrounding Environment and Users’ Health

The American Institute of Architects' winning structures combine environmental sustainability with a focus on public health

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YIN YANG HOUSE

To improve indoor air quality and minimize pollution, the Yin Yang House design team used formaldehyde-free cabinetry, paints low in volatile organic compounds, natural stone, and fluorescent lighting with low mercury content.....[ More ]

SWENSON ENGINEERING BUILDING

The Swenson Civil Engineering building, located on the north end of the University of Minnesota Duluth campus, is a two-story structure made up of faculty offices, student workspaces, classrooms and structural and hydraulics laboratories.....[ More ]

SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES

Light was a central focus point for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission building. The structure’s lighting plan includes high performance, energy efficient fixtures that supply carefully gauged levels of illumination for each space.....[ More ]

FULL GOODS WAREHOUSE

A redevelopment project over a 26-acre abandoned industrial brownfield site in San Antonia, Tex., the Full Goods Warehouse transformed the old Pearl Brewery building into a mixed-use development that is both residential and commercial.....[ More ]

MERRITT SENIOR APARTMENTS

Situated at the edge of Oakland’s Chinatown, this affordable senior housing development is one of the first construction projects planned near the Lake Merritt BART regional transit station, helping to ensure that residents have access to public transportation.....[ More ]

MARIN COUNTRY SCHOOL

Because it is located within the Ring Mountain-San Francisco Bay watershed, the Marin Country School was designed to reduce runoff, restore an adjacent creek and capture roof water for reuse. The landscape is also designed to support native, drought-tolerant plants and minimize irrigation.....[ More ]

FEDERAL CENTER

Funded by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the Federal Center South Building transforms a five-acre brownfield site into the headquarters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Northwest District in Seattle, Wash.....[ More ]

CLOCK SHADOW BUILDING

The Clock Shadow Building in Milwaukee embraces social equity and environmental sustainability: while its design uses salvaged materials and natural heating and cooling strategies, the non-profit groups that it has as tenants furnish health services to the surrounding community.....[ More ]

KEELING APARTMENTS

The Charles D. Keeling Apartments, named for the scientist whose research first alerted the world to the possibility of the human impact on global atmospheric carbon, are located on the southwestern edge of the University of California at San Diego campus overlooking the region’s coastal cliffs.....[ More ]

NORRIS HOUSE

The Norris House is marking the 75 th anniversary of the original Norris Project, a New Deal-era planned community development. In keeping with the original design, the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design maintained the development as a series of compact houses linked by footpaths and roads to a central common area.....[ More ]

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