Case Studies

Case Studies

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.


1321 West Pratt

1321 West Pratt
Baltimore, MD

Sustainable Design Group

Contact: John Spears
(301) 428-1040

Low-income single-family rehabilitation.
176 Battery Street Project

178 Battery St.
Burlington, VT

Ocean Arks

Contact: John Todd
(802) 860-0011

Ocean Arks has developed Living Machines which is a way to clean and purify waste water. Living Machines can be used in schools, slauterhouse and many other applications. It purifies the water naturally with the use of plants. This project in Burlington features the use of Living Machines.
Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies

Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH

William McDonough + Partners
Kevin Burke


Contact: Kevin Burke
(434) 979-1111

Winner of 2002 Top Ten Green Projects. Designed to be restorative, and a net-energy exporter, the lighting and ventilation enhance the two story atrium.
The Aspen Skiing Company Sundeck Restaurant

Aspen, CO

The Rocky Mountain Institute
Alexis Karolides

Contact: The Aspen Skiing Company

LEED recognized for Construction Waste Management. LEED Bronze Pilot Project, waste management program lead to an 85 % diversion of waste materials from the landfill. Also featured for reduced light pollution.
Bank of Astoria

Manzanita, OR

Tom Bender, AIA

Contact: Tom Bender, Architect
(503) 368-6294

Winner of the 2002 AIA Top Ten Green Projects. His design benefits from daylighting, and only uses high-efficiency flourescent lighting 1/4 of its occupied time.
Bay of Fires Lodge

Mount William
National Park
Tasmania, Australia

Ken Latona, Architect

Contact: Jonathan Buist
Contact info. being updated

The lodge is reached by foot at the end of a four-day trek through the reserve. The buildings location was placed with sensitivity to aborigine remains and visible location. Featured in Architectural Record.
Bicentennial Hall Science Building

Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT


Contact: Middlebury College

Campus building for labs, classrooms, offices and a library. Used 125,000+ boardfeet of FSC-certified wood, native to Vermont. Cost of FSC-certified wood products estimated to be 3% greater than conventional wood.
Brengel Technology Center

Milwaukee, WI

Tom Bender, AIA

Contact: Johnson Controls, owner

LEED Certified Pilot Project showcasing advanced building control technologies that maximize energy efficiency and IAQ. LEED recognized for measurement and varification, LEED Certified Pilot Project showcasing advanced building control technologies to maximize energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality.
CK Choi Building for the Institute of Asian Research

University of
British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC

Matsuzaki Wright Architects

Contact: University of British Columbia
(604) 685-3117

LEED highlighted for Innovative Wastewater Technologies. Building has all composting toilets that function without water and transform human wastes into compost that is applied to the site landscape. Liquid waste is directed through a simulated wetland system.
Camp Arroyo

Livermore, CA

Siegel & Strain Architects

Contact: Henry Siegel
(510) 457-8092

Winner of 2002 AIA Top Ten Green Projects with Camp Arroyo in Livermore, CA. Design is used for middle school aged children and ill children, building was designed with bathhouses made of stabilized earth and straw-bale building for dinning hall. Solar panels for water heating and backup radiant heat. Operable clerestory windows used to keep cool. Biological wastewater treatment system.
City of Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN


Contact: Mr. Crockett
Contact info. being updated

This town had the worst air pollution in the nation until they decided to do something about it. When they received the results in 1969 for the worst air quality in the nation they decided to change the quality of standards for the industries in the area. Several years later their air quality was in the safety range. The town further decided to change its environmental impact. They redesigned downtown district to include an expansive green scape and walking paths along the river. They made several efforts to clean up the river. They also incorporated a public transportation system of hybrid busses. Now the town is on its way to minimal environmental impact.
City of Curitiba

Curitiba, Brazil


No contact info.
currently available

Curitiba has a revolutionary way of dealing with traffic and public transportation. They have designed their infrastructure to have seperate lanes for busses and cars. They have express lanes for busses and cars that are the arteries of the city. With the infrastructure in place it makes bus travel fast and convenient.
Claiborne & Churchill Winery

San Luis Obispo, CA

Habitat Studio

Contact: Marilyn Miller Farmer, AIA
(805) 544-6075

Built in 1995 and occupied in January of 1996, the Claiborne & Churchill Winery is an environmentally sustainable and energy efficient building and the first commercial strawbale building in California.

The 2,600 s.f. winery requires no heating or cooling due to the passive solar design and the high insulation value of the rice strawbale walls, a considerable energy and economic savings both initially as well as over its long expected lifetime of over fifty years. The strawbale walls were built during an old-fashioned barn raising party not only bringing down construction labor costs but also providing opportunity for community gathering and cooperation, a warm welcome for the winery to its new location.
Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management

U.C. Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA


(805) 893-4339

A LEED Gold Pilot Project, houses campus facilities including research labs, teaching labs, and offices. Listed as Case Study in LEED v.2 References for Erosion and Sedimentation Control and Systems Controls.
Edificio Malecon

Buenos Aires, Argentina


Contact: Ripley Rasmus
(314) 421-2000

2002 winner of AIA Top Ten Green Projects with Edificio Malecon in Buenos Aires. The 125,000 square-foot office building was a reclaimed brownfield site. It is a long and narrow slab to minimize solar gain on the structure. North and south ends have a high-performance curtain wall to minimize solar gain. Floors are flexible to allow for a variety of uses in the future.
Ford Rouge Center

Dearborn Truck Plant
Dearborn, MI

William McDonaugh + Partners
Roger Schickedantz

Contact: Ford Motor Company, owner
Contact info. being updated

Center portion of roof will be vegetated, approx. 10 acres total. Installation anticipated for September 2002.
Furbish-Bathon Residence

Pasadena, MD


Contact info. being updated

Straw-bale walls, combined domestic hot water/ radiant heating floor system, salvaged cast iron columns, and composting toilet system.
Gaviotas Development

Andes llanos region, Colombia

Paolo Lugari

No contact info.
currently available.

A group of Gaviotas moved to a place in Columbia that was known to be uninhabitable. They created a community there with solar panels for electricity and heat. They planted crops for food and Wind Mills for pumping water. They have also introduced the pine tree to the land to tap for resin. In doing so they have created an environment that enables dormant local plant life to start to grow. They also have a community hospital, community centers and the town is regulated by consensus.
Graber Family Wind Farm

Freeman, SD

Native Energy

Contact: Tom Boucher
(800) 924-6826

The Graber family will use one acre of their farm land for three wind turbines, as a result they will be able to supplement their small family farms energy usage and 650 more homes.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Pittsburgh, PA

Gardner + Pope Architects

Contact: Gardner + Pope
(412) 460-FOOD

LEED recognized for Recycled Content and IAQ management during construction. LEED Silver Pilot Project. Recycled materials include reinforcing steel, structural steel, metal framing, ceramic tile flooring, sheet flooring, asphalt paving, gypsum wall board, celing grid and tiles, and toilet partitions.
Town of Haymount

Haymount, VA

Duany Plater-Zyberk Architects and Town Planners

Contact info. being updated

The new town is built in Caroline County in Virginia. The town will have approximately 12,000 people, 4,000 homes, 250,000 square feet of retail space, 50,000 square feet of commercial and light industrial space, 14 church sites, numerous parks, 2 schools, and a college campus, and an organic farm. Only one-third of the land will be developed and the rest will remain forested lands, wetlands, and farming areas. The houses will use green building products.
Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities

Ankeny, IA

RDG Bussard Dikis

Contact: Kevin R. Nordmeyer, AIA
(515) 288-3141

Winner of 2002 AIA Top Ten Green Projects. Building uses 48% less than conventional design in energy, uses 98% daylite, has geothermal heat and cooling system, and can see outside of building from anywhere in the building.
Island Co-housing

Martha's Vineyard, MA

South Mountain Company

Contact: South Mountain Company

Combining co-housing/ single business development. Result: 16 single family homes, a common house, and other communally owned facilities on 29 acres.
Kandalama Hotel

Damulla, Sri Lanka

Geoffrey Bawa

Contact: Aitken Spence Hotels, Ltd.
Contact info. being updated

LEED Bronze Pilot Project. 162-room hotel resort located on picturesque site with dense vegetation. Exemplary for reduced site disturbance. Roof water routed to treatment plant and returned as potable. Biologically treated wastewater is reused for irrigation. 80% planted roof reduces heat islands, adds insulation. Solar water heaters, natural lighting in open corridors.
King Street Center

Seattle, WA

Contact info. being updated

LEED recognized for Water Use Reduction, an office building that houses several departments of county government. Designed to collect rainwater and store in tanks.
KSBA Architects Office Building

Pittsburgh, PA

KSBA Architects

(412) 252-1500

LEED Certified Pilot Project located in Lawrenceville Section of Pittsburgh. Rehabilitation project of 1888 building and part of neighborhood redevelopment program. Entire shell of building was reused, as well as 90% of the interior millwork.
Long Beach Brownfield Case Study

Long Beach, CA

Contact info. being updated

Brownfield redevelopment in Long Beach, CA. Comprehensive background info.

The Lovejoy Mixed Use

Portland, OR

LRS Architects

720 NW Davis, Suite 300
Portland, Oregon 97209
Telephone: 503-221-1121

The Lovejoy is a nine-story, 280,000 SF mixed-use building in Portland’s thriving Pearl District that achieved LEED CS GOLD certification. It features a retail shell on the ground level, with four levels of above-ground parking (380 stalls), and three levels of flex commercial office space with an “eco-garden” roof terrace. The ground floor building shell was designed to feature Safeway, the anchor tenant, and to fill the need for a grocery store in the Pearl District.


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Menominee Nation

P.O. Box 910
Keshena, WI 94135

Contact info. being updated
(715) 799-5114

The Menominee tribe has 234,000 acres of land in north-central Wisconsin and they sustainably harvest forty-six of Wisconsin's timber varieties. 95% of the reservation is used to produce hardwood, pine and hemlock.
Monsato Company Life Sciences Incubator

St. Louis, MO

Contact: Monsato Company
Contact info. being updated

LEED Silver Project featured for water efficient landscaping through rainwater collection, as well as using local materials where possible. 2/3 of the materials for the project were sourced from within 300 miles of the site.
National Wildlife Federation Headquarters

Reston, VA

William Hellmuth, FAIA

Contact: William Hellmuth
(202) 339-8700

2002 winner of AIA Top Ten Green Projects. Building is 10,000 square-foot and serves 300 employees, native plantings support local wildlife and reduce the need for irrigation and frequent mowing, and the building also capitalizes on solar energy sources. All this is accomplished with a low end budget.
NW Federal Credit Union

Seattle, WA

(206) 440-9000

Commercial office facility housing NWFCU bank. Highlighted by LEED for daylighting design.
Oquirrh Park Speed Skating Oval

Salt Lake City, UT

Contact: Salt Lake Organizing Committee
Contact info. being updated

LEED Certified Pilot Project that hosted the 2002 Olympics. Cable suspension roof system reduced enclosed volume, resulting in smaller HVAC system and costs, less material usage and less cost in steel.
Paseo Colorado Project

Pasadena, CA

Contact: City of Pasadena
(626) 744-3374

Combined retail space and 400 apartments to revitalize an area of downtown.
Pier 1 Corporate Offices

San Francisco, CA

Dan Cheetham, AIA

Contact: Dan Cheetham
(415) 546-0400

Winner of 2002 AIA Top Ten Green Projects. Project transformed a dilapidated warehouse into a class A office space with an acre of new public open space. Building used green materials and natural light and clean air for the occupants. Radiant tubes in floor slabs for heating and cooling.
Phillips EcoEnterprise Center

Minneapolis, MN

The Green Institute

Contact: The Green Institute, owner

Mixed-use building that houses organizations, consultants and manufacturers involved with environmental and energy efficiency issues. Highlighted by LEED for its stormwater management and reuse of resources. Materials reused were bricks, sinks, fire extinguisher cabinets, furniture, doors, and windows, and structural members from a demolished warehouse. It was designed for disassembly.

Phillip Merrill Environmental Headquarters

Annapolis, MD

SmithGroup, Inc.

Contact: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, owner
Contact info. being updated

LEED Platinum Pilot Project. Landscape and exterior design reduces heat islands. Recycled metal roof reflects heat and light, parking lots are gravel, fire access road is grass paved, 120 new trees were planted. Water recovery system, composting toilets reduce potable water use and sewage volume. Photovoltaic sunshades and crystaline photovoltaic skylights to generate energy.
PNC Firstside Center

Pittsburgh, PA

L. D. Astorino Companies

Contact: PNC Bank, owner
Contact info. being updated

LEED Silver Project, addresses transportation and HVAC issues. Combines underfloor air dist. with conventional VAV system.
Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center

Seattle, WA

Bert Gregory, AIA

Contact: Bert Gregory
(206) 623-7005

Winner of 2002 AIA Top Ten Green Projects Award. Wastewater is treated on site and reused, rainwater in collected for irrigation and other uses. Photovoltaic cells profice more then half of the power , rooftop solar hot water panels reduce hot water demand by fifty percent., ventilation replaces air conditioning, high-efficiency flourescent lighting with photocells reduces energy use.
Rosebud Agency

P.O. Box 170429
San Francisco, CA 94117

Occidental Power
Greg Kennedy

Contact: Mike Kappus, owner
(415) 386-3456

Converted company headquarters to solar power. His initial investment was cut in half by government funded rebates for alternative energy. The company also sells back excess clean power back to the utility.
The Solar Living Center

Hopland, CA

Real Goods Trading Corp.

Contact: Real Goods Trading Corp., owner
Contact info. being updated.

A retail facility, learning center, and demo building for Real Goods Trading Center. High recycled content in materials, low embodied energy. Straw-bale walls and pressed strawboard.
Southern California Gas Company

Downey, CA

Contact: Energy Resource Center
Contact info. being updated.

Leed Cergified Pilot Project, efficient lighting, cooling and architectural technologies exceed California's Title-24 Energy Requirement by 38%.
Tidwell Residence

Takoma Park, MD

Contact: Mike Tidwell
(310) 270-3722

Mike converted his house to renewable energy and drastically reduced their greenhouse gas emissions oon a tight budget. They added solar panels, a corn burning stove for heat and a solar hot-water system for a total price of $7,500. The accomplished this by taking advantage of local plans and incentives. The difference in price per month for the upgrade is $38.83.
Toffe Cabin

Toffe, MN

Sarah Nettleton, AIA

Contact: Sarah Nettleton
(612) 334-9667

Winner of 2002 AIA Top Ten Green Projects. A renovation of a 1947 cabin is a model of sustainable design, an air-to-air heat exchanger provides ventilation and a super-insulated thermal envelope minimized the load on the geothermal heat pump in-floor heating system.
Tufts University

Boston, MA

Contact: Tufts University
(617) 628-5000

Tufts University, and fifty-six college presidents in New Jersey have desided to meet or exceed the Kyoto Protocol and lauched a ÒCool Planet, Clean Air" initiative with an alliance of New Elgland Colleges and Universities. They are working with Oberlin college and the Rocky Mountain Institute to become climatically neutral by 2020.

UNM Children's Hospital

Albuquerque, NM

Studio Southwest

2101 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Tel 505 843 9639 

The UNM Hospital Barbara + Bill Richardson Pavilion (BBRP) is a 495,000 s.f. addition to the University Hospital complex. The project is focused on a new Women’s and Children’s Hospital, New Emergency Department and New Critical Care/I.C.U. Department and associated support spaces. The building incorporates the blending of the cultural themes of the people of NM reflected in the craftsmanship, materiality and artistry of the design. On the interior, cultural referencing includes themes with icons on each floor that celebrate creation myths /cycle of life of people and place.


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U.S. Navy Energy Showcase,
Building 850

Port Hueneme, CA

CTG Energetics
Malcolm Lewis, PE

Contact: Malcom Lewis
(949) 790-0010

2002 winner of AIA Top Ten Green Projects Design. Building was designed with grey water systems, sustainable landscape, photovoltaic power generation, natural ventilation, indoor air quality monitoring and extensive use of recycled building materials.
Village Homes

2417 Bucklebury Rd.
Davis, CA 95616

Town Planners

Contact: Mr. Michael Corbett
(916) 756-5941

Village Homes is a small community that focuses on community living. There are fruit and nut trees that can be harvested by the cummunity at no charge. There are several bike paths through out the community, nearly eliminating any need of a car. All houses have solar panels on the roofs. Many houses have solar hot water panels. The community uses 50% less energy then surrounding homes. The community has eliminated fenced in yards and uses open comon areas instead.
Waldorf School

P.O. Box 715
Carbondale, CO 81623

Solar Energy International

Contact: Laurie Stone
Contact info. being updated

This company has an essay in the Sustainable Architecture White Pages: A Passive Solar, Straw Bale School. Solar Heated, naturally lit school built from bales of straw.
Whitcomb Residence

290 Solar Way
Aspen, CO 81611

John Katzenberger and Paul Rubin

Contact: Philippa and Harold Whitcomb
Contact info. being updated

This company has an essay in the Sustainable Architecture White Pages: Seventies Solar: A Personal Account. Their residence incorporates water and energy saving innovations. They used low-flow toilets and showers and the countryÕs first approved graywater system. They used a Trombe wall and solar collectors for their hot water. They used a six inch thick poured concrete wall system with four inch insulation in the middle. They also incorporated many salvaged and recycled materials. The wood, marble, cement, the rubble and plaster walls and the absence of gas appliances provide an environment that is healthy and comfortable.
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