AIA Top 10


Case studies are currently organized by project type. In the future, you will be able to search the case studies database by a variety of criteria, including by cross-referenced building materials listed on Green Building Pages and by key sustainable design and construction features.


 AIA Top 10 1998


Cambridge Cohousing


Cambridge, MA

GreenVillage Co.


Cambridge Cohousing is an infill residential project consisting of 41 units of housing on a narrow 1.5-acre site between the street and a railroad track. The housing units range from large, 3-story townhouses to 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom flats. The project also includes communal facilities: a large kitchen, dining area, childcare and recreational facilities, a library, and shared gardens.

The GreenVillage Company and community participants focused primarily on site and transportation, energy, and material use, with a keen eye on indoor air quality, economics, and human health. The project is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program.

Green Building Challenge

Energy Resource Center

Downey, CA

WLC Architects, Inc.



The Energy Resource Center (ERC) serves as a one-stop "idea shop" for customers to find the most efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive solutions to their energy needs. The ERC was built from a 1957 office complex, with the design goal of optimizing energy-efficiency while maintaining high-quality, high-performance spaces. Energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and resource conservation were all key goals.

U.S. Green Building Council LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance 2009 -- Level: Certified 41 points

U.S. Green Building Council LEED-NC, v.1.0 -- Level: Certified

Environmental Showcase Home

Phoenix, AZ

Jones Studio, Inc.


The Environmental Showcase Home (ESH) in Phoenix, Arizona was designed in response to the extreme climate of the Sonora desert. This project was commissioned by the Arizona Public Service, to introduce a full range of environmentally responsible design ideas, systems, and products to mass-market, production housing builders. Areas of special attention included climate-specific design, energy and water conservation, sensitive material selection, public health concerns, and waste reduction.

Florida House Learning Center

Sarasota, FL

Osborn Sharp Architects


The Florida House Learning Center demonstrates "earth-friendly" conservation technology and design for living in southwest Florida. The one-story house is a modernized "Old Florida Cracker" style with two or three bedrooms, two baths, and extensive indoor and outdoor spaces. It uses approximately half the water and electricity of a typical home. The emphasis of the house is on environmentally responsible construction without sacrificing livability.

Ridgehaven Office Building

San Diego, CA

Pratt/Whitelaw Architects, Inc.


The Ridgehaven Building is a relatively nondescript 1981 commercial office building that was renovated for the City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department. The renovation provided an opportunity to showcase cost-effective energy efficiency improvements, resulting in a remarkably efficient building for a very reasonable price.

Healthy indoor air quality was a primary goal since some of the EDS employees had chemical sensitivities. Additionally, the city wanted to avoid any issues with sick building syndrome and wanted to create a healthful work environment.

Thoreau Center for Sustainability

San Francisco, CA

Tanner Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects


The Thoreau Center for Sustainability, located in the rehabilitated historic wards of the Letterman General Hospital, is the first public/private partnership project completed at the new Presidio National Park. The 73,000 ft2 (6,800 m2) complex is the new home for nonprofit organizations focused on environmental sustainable development issues. This design addresses sustainable development within the constraints of a historic landmark structure.

The most important environmental goal for this project was to prove that it is possible and economically viable to transform and recycle existing historic building resources into new uses for the next century. Historic rehabilitation is a fundamental act of sustainable development.

Green Building Challenge

Interface West Point

West Point, GA

Thompson Ventulett Stainback & Associates



Patagonia Distribution Center

Reno, NV

Miller/Hull Partnership



SC Johnson Worldwide Professional Headauraters

Racine, WI

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum Inc.


Wal-Mart Environmental Demonstration Store

City of Industry, CA

BSW International Inc




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