AIA Seattle is a not-for-profit professional association of architects, allied professionals, and laypeople which is committed to excellence in architecture and service to the public. AIA Seattle has announced the winner of the 2012 What Makes It GREEN? Awards. The jury selected six projects to receive awards, four built and two unbuilt. What Makes It GREEN? was established by AIA Seattle’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) over a decade ago to recognize and learn from the best in sustainable design and promote the importance of sustainable building practices. Among some winning projects, we want to show you one of them; Machias Elementary School by NAC|Architecture. From the official website of AIA Seatlle it is said that:
“The most sustainable and long lived buildings are those buildings people love and take pride in. They want to preserve them from their first day of use and onward. The design sought to do this through linking the new building to the old through salvaging and reusing materials, through making a strong connection to the community’s rural roots, and through creating a school that has spaces suitable for education today and in the future.”
Machias is a replacement elementary school on the same site as the original school. Sustainability was quickly understood as more than a particular design strategy. It was integrated as the cultural notion of self-sufficiency. This project is located in Snohomish,Washington with 79778 square footage. The criteria addressed to this project include Ecology-based Land Use, Energy Independence, Water Balance, Healthy Human Ecology, Inspiration, and Vibrant Communities.
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