AIA Names 2016’s Top Project for Sustainability

AIA COPE Winner 2016

This renovated federal office building in Portland Oregon earned an A+ for sustainability from the AIA.

The AIA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to promote design practices that enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. As the Institute’s champion of sustainable design, COPE identifies the most outstanding “green” projects around the U.S. and awards its annual Top Ten Winners.

This year’s overall winner is the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt (EGWW) Federal Building, an 18-story, 512,474 sf office tower in downtown Portland, Oregon. Originally built in 1974, the building received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to undergo a major renovation to replace outdated equipment and systems. Already, EGWW has exceeded its projected energy and water saving goals.The building’s gas and electrical utility bills racked up a 45% energy savings in the first two years of use, compared to a building built to code.


The benefits of green building

Green building refers to both a structure and the processes employed in building it that are environmentally respon-sible and resource-efficient.

Any company looking to save money and have a positive impact on the health of its inhabitants should pursue the route of green building. Sto is proud to support sustainable building methods and believes that by putting people first, we can improve the sustainability of the built environment and the world at large will take notice.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, green building is a holistic concept in which construction goals are carried out with consideration given to the environmental impact they will have on both people and their surroundings. With that outline in mind, here are some of the benefits that green building can bring to your project:

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How to make a new building stand the test of time

There are enough new building technologies that the next generation of structures should be able to last a very long time.

Even with all the advanced building solutions available today, some builders are tempted to cut corners by using only the basic necessities as called for in federal codes and regulations. This corner-cutting strategy may save on upfront costs, but it will not guarantee the structure can perform at a high level over a prolonged period of time. Without the application of the absolute best in terms of materials and techniques, new buildings may age faster than they should.

There are enough great building technologies available for every new structure to be sustainable, durable and desirable for years to come. Here some that should be at the top of every architect’s list when they start planning a new building.


3 buildings that balance aesthetics and performance

Unfortunately, when more thought is given to stucco and insulation, that doesn't always leave room for a visually-pleasing construction efforts.

The balance between aesthetics and performance in sustainable buildings is breeding a new wave of design and construction.


The key to sustainable building is to go beyond the codes

Competitive companies are going to adhere to international building codes, but are those guidelines always cost-effective in the long-term?

Competitive companies are going to adhere to international building codes, but are those guidelines always cost-effective in the long-term?