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AIA Top 10 2003
first solar-powered school close to its largest
community garden. Neighbor and community participation.
This is a green building due to its solar performance
and its material selections. The school was built
with minimal environmental impact. Natural ventilation,
daylighting, solar energy, passive solar design,
recycled and low-VOC building materials are some
of the sustainable design principles used. Landscaped
with indigenous, edible plants that also stabilize
the soil and control erosion. Durable, benign and
recycled materials used. Low flow toilets. Biocomposite
panels used for art supply cabinets and cubbies.
The outdoor play structure, ceramic tiles, and carpets
incorporate recycled content. Agricultural-waste-fiber
panels for millwork and interior finish.
Associates Architecture and Urban Design
|An example of
brownfield waste dump transformed into green showcase.
Uses solar and geothermal energy, rooftop garden,
natural habitat to filter storm water. Solar panels,
rainwater collection for irrigation, smart lighting,
erosion and sedimentation control, bioswales, native
plants. 36% of all building materials used have
recycled content including drywall cellulose insulation,
linoleum, ceiling tiles, rubber flooring, gravel,
fill materials, steel, tile, MDF board, and fireproofing.
Over 50% of the materials were manufactured or assembled
within 300 miles. Received LEED 1.0 Platinum in
|A 44 Single-resident
apartment units, a community room, a mail room,
an outdoor courtyard, storage space for bicycles,
and covered parking for 20 vehicles. Building was
sited and oriented to take full advantage of passive
solar energy benefits and natural ventilation. The
southwest facades are covered with solar panels
that provide 98% of their energy demand. Over 75%
of construction waste was recycled. Has a physical
in-house recycling system. Engineered wood products
were used for rough carpentry. The building features
double glazed, kryton filled, low-e windows with
stainless steel spacers; blown-in recycled cellulose
insulatio, high efficiency refrigerator and appliances,
100% recycled carpet and linoleum, formaldehyde
free MDF cabinets, Low and No VOC paints, sealants
and adhesives used, natural stucco pigments, coal
fly ash, recycled content synthetic gypsum board,
wallboard and all T8 fluorescent bulbs do not contain
mercury. The insulation is made from recycled newsprint.
Maxman & Partners, Ltd.
Maxman & Partners, Ltd
|This project is
remarkable in their focus on restoring the surrounding
tidal marsh and incorporating it into their design.
This project has an onsite ecological wastewater
treatment facility named the Marsh Machine which
is a working purification system. Key attributes
include greywater reuse and rainwater harvesting
from the roofs, sixty year old salvaged timbers,
certified Pennsylvania hardwood, and many products
with recycled content.
|LEED Silver rating.
Materials chosen based on durability, indoor air
quality, and sustainability. High flyash content
in the concrete mitigated carbon dioxide byproducts.
56% of the products used contain recycled content.
49% of the products were sourced regionally or locally.
86% of construction, demolition, and land clearing
debris were recycled on the project.
|LEED Gold Rating.
Flushless urinals and flow regulating toilets lavatories
and showers are used in order to conserve water.
100% post-consumer recycled crushed concrete, and
concrete rebar were used. The structural steel was
90% post-consumer recycled. The metal joists, floor
deck and roof deck are 95% post-consumer recycled.
50% of the construction waste was recycled.
utilized to maximize winter solar exposure. Durable,
sustainable materials are used where possible. Recycled
plastic decking is used for the porch, ramps and
stairs. All wood products used are manufactured,
certified, or salvaged. The exterior siding was
reused from the original Hostel and also milled
from salvaged Port Orford cedar. All insulation
was sprayed-cellulose which is made from recycled
newspapers. Many of the windows, doors, and cabinets
were also salvaged and used.
Obata + Kassabaum
|Car pool spaces,
bicycle racks and showers encourage alternative
transportation. The design reduces energy by 50%
compared to what Title 24 requires and reduces peak
loads by 50% also. Waterless urinals, low flow showerheads,
and low flow toilets were used to reduce water use
by 40%. Durable and low-maintenance products were
chosen. 78% of all construction waste was recycled.
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