Judging the Nation’s Top Green Buildings
March 5, 2012 — PAE President Paul Schwer is engaged in selecting the nation’s top green buildings as a juror for the AIA (American Institute of Architects) Committee on the Environment (COTE) 2012 Top Ten Awards.
Selected among six green building experts from across the nation, Paul will cast his vote for winning entries submitted by design firms large and small. Judging criteria is based on demonstrated accomplishment in environmentally sustainable design, and focuses on ten measures that range from innovation to bioclimatic design to simulated energy performance.
A leader in the Northwest green building community, Paul provided building system design for one of AIA’s 2011 Top Ten Winners – the LOTT Clean Water Alliance Administration and Education building. The project was designed by the Miller Hull Partnership and received a LEED Platinum rating in 2011.
Founded 45 years ago, PAE Consulting Engineers is a 75-person firm providing an array of services in mechanical and electrical engineering. Well-known for leadership in sustainable design, PAE has provided expertise for more than 100 LEED rated or registered projects, 19 of them Platinum. Moving beyond LEED, several PAE projects are now pursuing the Living Building Challenge, Net Zero Energy / Water, Architecture 2030 and Passive House. With offices in Portland and San Francisco, PAE serves public and private sector clients throughout the western United States and beyond.
About the AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects
The AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) and its Top Ten Green Projects awards program recognize the benefits of sustainable design and acknowledge architects as leaders in the creation of environmentally responsible design solutions. COTE encourages architects and their teams to submit projects for the Top Ten design competition. Now in its 16th year, the program is one of the best known sustainable design recognition programs in the nation. Winning projects will be recognized with an AIA/COTE award certificate and acknowledged in the national press, on the AIA Web site, and at the AIA National Convention in Washington, DC May 17-19, 2012.
2012 Top Ten winning projects: http://www.aiatopten.org/