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Livable Buildings Awards

by ArchitectureWeek

The inaugural Livable Buildings Awards spotlight buildings that excel not only in design and resource efficiency, but also in user satisfaction.

Initiated in 2007 by the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) at the University of California, Berkeley, the awards program recognizes buildings that have been evaluated using CBE's Occupant Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Survey and received one of the topmost scores.

The IEQ survey invites occupants to evaluate a building in several areas, including lighting, thermal comfort, air quality, acoustic quality, office layout, and general satisfaction, as well as furnishings and cleanliness.

For the awards program, buildings must also excel in energy performance and resource efficiency, and in architectural design and design integration.

Three buildings received top honors in the 2007 awards: the Global Ecology Research Center at Stanford University; the Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies at De Anza College in Cupertino, California; and the Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, Maryland.   >>>

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The Philip Merrill Environmental Center, designed by SmithGroup, received one of three Livable Buildings Awards for 2007 from the UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment (CBE).
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Completed in 2000, the Merrill Center was the first building to receive a Platinum LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. Resource efficiency was one criterion of the Livable Buildings Awards, along with occupant ratings of indoor environments.
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