The AIA announced the winners of the 2015 COTE Top Ten Green Projects on April 22. Every year for the last 19 years, the AIA and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) choose projects for their exemplary sustainable architecture and ecological design. In addition to these annual awards, the AIA and COTE announced the winner of the COTE Top Ten Plus Award. For the last three years, a past COTE Top Ten Award winner has been reevaluated and awarded the COTE Top Ten Plus Award based on performance according to quantifiable sustainability metrics.

This year's COTE Top Ten Awards jury included Peter Busby, LEED Fellow and managing director at Perkins+Will; David John Neuman, founder and principal of Neu Campus Planning; Peter Rumsey, founder and CEO of Point Energy Innovations and Personal Comfort Systems; John Quale, Assoc. AIA, director of the School of Architecture + Planning at the University of New Mexico; and Alex Wilson, founder of the Resilient Design Institute.

We spoke with each member of the jury and asked them to discuss emerging trends from this year's winning projects:

For jury comments and a breakdown of sustainable measures for each of the 10 winning projects, please click on the project name or photo below.

The Bullitt Center- The Miller Hull Partnership

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CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory - Diamond Schmitt


Collaborative Life Sciences Building For OHSU, PSU, & OSU - SERA ARCHITECTS and CO Architects

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E+ // 226-232 Highland Street Townhouses - Interface Studio Architects (ISA) and Urbanica Design


Hughes Warehouse Adaptive Reuse - Overland Partners


MIlitary Medical Hospital- RTKL Associates

Location: San Antonio, Texas

New Orleans Bioinnovation Center (NOBIC) - Eskew+Dumez+Ripple


Sweetwater Spectrum Community - Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Sweetwater Spectrum, Sonoma, CAArchitects - Leddy Maytum Stacy

Tassafaronga Village- David Baker Architects


University Center - The New School - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)