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Buildings have the greatest impact on climate change

California buildings rank among AIA's Top Ten Green Projects.

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Buildings Top the Consumption of Electricity and Natural Gas

"What few people realize is that buildings have the greatest impact on climate change -- more than transportation and industry -- because they consume so much electricity and natural gas, and they're all powered by power plants that themselves produce carbon emissions," Scott Frank, the group's spokesman.

AIA's Top 10 Green Awards

In presenting the Top 10 Green Awards, the American Institute of Architects celebrated the best examples of sustainable architecture and environmental design.

California places among the winners:

-- Global Ecology Research Center, Stanford, California

by EHDD Architects, a low-energy laboratory and office building that cut carbon emissions associated with building operation by 72 percent;

AIA contest description The mission of the new Department of Global Ecology is to conduct basic research on the interactions between the earth's ecosystems, land, atmosphere, and oceans.

This project unified several buildings and activated spaces on a site that the Carnegie Institution has occupied since 1928, improving contact and circulation between two departments and creating an outdoor collaboration space.

-- Z6 House, Santa Monica, California

by LivingHomes, Ray Kappe, a single-family residence that uses natural ventilation and optimizes passive solar heating. Additional links for information:
Living Home by Ray Kappe - some assembly required.

Z6 House entry in the contest. The Z6 House is a single family residence that was added to a multi-family zoned lot with an existing duplex. The residence has 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths., although the bedrooms open up to the rest of the house for added space when needed.

The house is constructed of factory built modules that were delivered to the site and erected on the site-built foundation over a period of 13 hours; the structural slab on grade serves as the finish floor for the first level. A roof deck takes advantage of views and a green roof with vegetation native to southern California.


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