July 2012 Table of Contents

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2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: Opsis Architecture 2012 COTE Top Ten 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: Opsis Architecture

Opsis Architecture finds creative ways to integrate sustainable solutions without additional costs. Read more

2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: Perkins+Will 2012 COTE Top Ten 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: Perkins+Will

At Perkins+Will, architects don't just "sprinkle on the green." Read more

2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: THA Architecture 2012 COTE Top Ten 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: THA Architecture

THA Architecture's work has been rooted in a keen understanding of the connection between the well-being of communities and the natural environment. Read more

Product: Dri-Design Wall Panel System with DuPont Corian EC product Product: Dri-Design Wall Panel System with DuPont Corian EC

This exterior rainscreen cladding combined Dri-Design's sealant-free interlocking aluminum panel system with the durability of Corian surfaces. Read more

Measure, Report, Repeat: A Look at Energy Benchmarking Legislation perspective Measure, Report, Repeat: A Look at Energy Benchmarking Legislation

Andrew Burr, director of building energy performance policy at the Institute for Market Transformation, talks about the rise of legislation requiring energy-use disclosure. Read more

2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: Salmela Architect 2012 COTE Top Ten 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: Salmela Architect

David Salmela argues that all projects should have a sustainable explanation. Read more

Product: Zola European Windows Lift Slide Doors Product Product: Zola European Windows Lift Slide Doors

Available in sizes up to 20' wide and 8' tall, these doors can meet Passive House Institute US standards. Read more

Green Power to the People Green Power to the People

No longer just high-end ticket items, sustainable strategies are cropping up in affordable multifamily projects. Read more

2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: BNIM 2012 COTE Top Ten 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: BNIM

BNIM's sustainable decisions have a threefold benefit in being economically beneficial, socially responsible, and environmentally sound. Read more

Product: Pulp Studio Ombra Insulated Glass Unit product Product: Pulp Studio Ombra Insulated Glass Unit

This IGU acts as a shading device as well as a sound barrier. Read more

2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: University of California, Merced 2012 COTE Top Ten 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: University of California, Merced

By showing what is possible, without spending extra money, UC Merced is raising standards through the state. Read more

Product: Hortech LiveWall Vertical Planting System Product: Hortech LiveWall Vertical Planting System

Recycled, architectural-grade plastic planter modules are secured on mounting tracks that integrate a mist irrigation system. Read more

Protecting Your LED Investment Protecting Your LED Investment

LEDs offer many benefits in terms of energy efficiency, but as a new technology, they also carry some risk. Learning more about the technology can help avoid pitfalls. Read more

2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: Hennebery Eddy Architects 2012 COTE Top Ten 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: Hennebery Eddy Architects

While Hennebery Eddy Architects embrace innovation, they focus on practical design and sustainable solutions that work for their clients. Read more

Product: Centria CS-220 and CS-630 Concept Series of Concealed-Fastener Metal Panels Product: Centria CS-220 and CS-630 Concept Series of Concealed-Fastener Metal Panels

Two new profiles are added to Centria's line of concealed-fastener metal panels for rainscreen wall systems. Read more

Model Behavior Model Behavior

As an integrated design process becomes the norm and energy usage moves up in the priorities of a project, design teams must begin looking at energy early on. Read more

2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: Lake|Flato Architects 2012 COTE Top Ten 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: Lake|Flato Architects

Lake|Flato believes that sustainable design is smart design. Read more

Bosch Thermotechnology Tronic 3000 Electric Tankless Water Heater Bosch Thermotechnology Tronic 3000 Electric Tankless Water Heater

Designed for point-of-use installations in small commercial or residential structures, this electric tankless water heater has a 99% thermal efficiency. Read more

Building It Forward To Extend a Charity's Headquarters Building It Forward To Extend a Charity's Headquarters

Heifer International's Murphy Keller Education Center extends the charity's Little Rock headquarters amidst sprawling wetlands constructed on Arkansas's largest brownfield. Read more

2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: SMP Architects 2012 COTE Top Ten 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: SMP Architects

SMP Architects challenges clients to justify every square foot they build as building small is big with the firm. Read more

Boral USA TruExterior Trim Boral USA TruExterior Trim

This wood substitute for nonstructural, exterior applications such as fascia boards and window surrounds is made from at least 70% recycled or rapidly renewable materials. Read more

Mean, Lean, and Green at the Olympic Games Mean, Lean, and Green at the Olympic Games

Forget bronze, silver, or gold. London's Olympic Park is going for green. Read more

2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: SmithGroupJJR 2012 COTE Top Ten 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Project Firm: SmithGroupJJR

SmithGroupJJR is committed to delivering sustainable solutions not only for clients, but for the overall health of the planet. Read more

Making It Right and Making it Affordable Making It Right and Making it Affordable

High-performance buildings should not be seen as too complicated, too expensive, or simply as a one-off effort in a big-name firm's portfolio. Read more

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