Architects honor top green projects

The American Institute of Architects honors its Top 10 Green Buildings next month.

Included on the list is 355 11th St., also known as the Matarozzi/Pelsinger Building in San Francisco by Aidlin Darling Design. The former "derelict" is on the National Register of Historic Places, and because of that "the San Francisco Planning Department mandated that the project’s new siding be an 'in-kind' replacement of the original (unsalvageable) corrugated metal siding and that the overall window area be consistent between old and new," according to (Excellent site by the way.)

The 14,000-square-foot building features solar energy, a green roof and natural ventilation. But the AIA appeared most impressed by the zinc siding "that provided the most fertile territory for merging sustainability with architectural design."

The metal skin is "perforated with fields of small holes that allow light and air to pass through new operable windows hidden beyond." It minimizes the sun's heat while allowing ventilation.

Other buildings on the green list included California entries Watsonville Water Resource Center and the Homer Science & Student Life Center in Atherton. There were also the KAUST building in Thuwal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Kroon Hall in New Haven, Conn.; Manassas Park Elementary School in Manassas Park, Va.; Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba; the Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, N.Y.; Special No. 9 House in New Orleans, La.; and Twelve West Portland, Ore.

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization is a nonprofit dedicated to improving our region's quality of life by increasing its production and use of clean and alternative energy. The SJVCEO works with cities and counties and public and private organizations to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout the eight-county region of the San Joaquin Valley.

Photo courtesy Matthew Millman.