Earlier this week, editors around Hanley Wood's offices were busy compiling year-end reviews and tasked each other with choosing their favorite projects of the year. Alas, how can you choose just one? We couldn't, so instead, we dug into what Ecobuildlingpulse.com readers chose as the top projects of the year, according to their online clicks and views. Did you favs make the list?
The 2,020-square-foot bungalow in Olympia, Wash., is Energy Star and Built Green certified.
10. Inspiration Home, Olympia, Wash.
Scott Homes' Craftsman-style cottages are in demand with energy-conscious buyers. This one, designed by Morton Safford James III Architects exudes an authentic 1920s feel and the 2,020-square-foot bungalow is certified to Energy Star 3.0, EPA Indoor airPlus, and Built Green Level 5.
9. Health Care REIT, Toledo, Ohio
A somewhat stodgy and dark 1970's era headquarters was transformed into a light-infused, LEED Platinum space, thanks to Duket Architects Planners and Centerbrook Architects and Planners.
8. Modern Cottage, Akram, N.Y.
Developers Scot Cohen and Brenden Maloof devised a hybrid approach for this 2,700-square-foot, cedar-clad prototype modular home.
7. Lake Champlain home, Burlington, Ver.
This Vermont home by Tektonika Studio Architects and builder Tim Frost merely sips energy in a leafy, lakeside setting.
6. Lantern House, Philadelphia
There's lot of dig about this former stable turned live-work studio for RKM Architects
5. The New Norris House, Norris, Tenn.
Kudos to the student and faculty team from the University of Tennessee Knoxville for this gem, a LEED Platinum prefab cottage that features a compact footprint, careful siting, and local natural materials.
4. Castaway II, Tampa, Fla.
It is, by design, 3,100 square feet larger than the average zero-energy home, so this home is supersized, for sure, but it's utility bill shouldn't be thanks to energy-efficient design strategies from Marc Rutenberg Homes.
3. House and Laneway House, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Designed by architect James Tuer, this Built Green-certified home and laneway guest house made use of every square inch and dollar.
2. Dynamic D*Haus, London, England
This factory-built 1,100-square-foot homes transforms into eight shapes to respond to changing weather conditions. Now that's some flexible design.
2013 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project: The Charles David Keeling Apartments in La Jolla, Calif., designed by KieranTimberlake
1. The 2013 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects
It seems appropriate to end the list with what's considered to be one of the most prestigious green building programs around, the AIA Committee on the Environment's Top Ten list. This year's winners did not disappoint.
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