No. 195 . 02 June 2004 
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AIA Top Ten Green Buildings 2004

by ArchitectureWeek

In recognition of Earth Day 2004, The American Institute of Architects and its Committee on the Environment selected ten exemplary "green" buildings that — through their construction and operation — minimize damage to the environment. Together, they showcase environmentally responsible design through brownfield redevelopment, alternative heating and cooling systems, and/or creative use of daylighting.

In addition, they strive to integrate architecture, technology, and natural systems while improving comfort for building occupants. They reuse materials and existing structures, connect to transit systems, and conserve energy and water.

One of the west coast projects selected is the Environmental Services Building in Pierce County, Washington, designed by The Miller/Hull Partnership. The jury calls the building a "humane and sophisticated" response to a former brownfield site.

Its space planning follows a European office model in that no desk is more than 30 feet (9 meters) from a window. Features that admit daylight while preventing overheating include baffled skylights, a large west-facing overhang, and exterior sunscreens on the east facade. A raised-floor air distribution system reduces the size and energy consumption of the mechanical system, and nighttime air flushing lowers the temperature of the concrete structure by several degrees.   >>>

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