2010 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects!

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As it does every year at this time and just in time for Earth Day, the AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) have announced the top ten examples of sustainable architecture and green design. 

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Traditional Green Home That's Off-Grid

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The folks at Davis Frame Co., a timber frame home company based out of New Hampshire, recently sent us details of this off-grid home in Oregon.  The large, 2,850 square-foot home is undeniably traditional — something our readers have been pining for — and outfitted with a number of green features to go with Platinum certification from the Earth Advantage Institute. 

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Platinum Timber Frame Home in Oregon

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New Energy Works, a timber frame home builder with offices in New York and Oregon, recently announced the opening of their new show house in Portland.  Designed to be “a living example of greater sustainability in a design and craft intensive home,” according to company president Jonathan Orpin, The Vermont Street Project is thought to be the first timber frame home in the state seeking LEED Platinum certification.

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Top 10 Green Built Neighborhoods

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Natural Home just published a top 10 list of its favorite eco-friendly, energy-efficient communities in the nation.  If there’s anything to note, it may be that the Pacific Northwest is ahead of the game when it comes to green planning and thoughtful communities.  Here’s a quick look at each of the 10 communities; make sure to check out the original article – America’s Top 10 Best Green-Built Neighborhoods – for more information.

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Urban Farms Around the World [CNN]

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When the topic turns to urban farming, perhaps you envision one of those conceptual skyscraper farms proposed by the likes of Dickson Despommier, Gordon Graff, or SOA Architects.  But urban farming doesn't necessarily need to be done in a skyscraper, as evidenced by a recent article by Thair Shaikh of CNN.  Urban gardening isn't new either. 

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Self Sufficient Ecohouse in Australia

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Homeowners in Brisbane, Australia, just received keys to the Hill End Ecohouse, a six-star home designed by Riddel Architecture and built by Peagram Builders.  Located on a small lot, the Ecohouse incorporates 95% of salvaged material from the previously existing 1930s home and a total of about 80% recycled content.  Ecohouse also stores 71,000 liters of water and treats gray water on-site for toilet use. 

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