As it does every year before Earth Day, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) released their list of the year’s top green projects. This year, educational centers made it big, alongside civic infrastructure, and others.
In its 21st year, the COTE Top Ten Awards celebrates projects that “exemplify the integration of great design and great performance,” according to a press release. A jury examines each project according to a set of metrics and sustainable design measures, like water conservation and energy use. This year, the COTE Top Ten Plus award—which previously recognized a single project from past COTE Top Ten award recipient based on recorded performance—is now a designation among the chosen projects. This year, it’s the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
We picked five other standouts on the list to highlight below. Head over to AIA for more details on all 10 buildings that made the cut.