Top 10 green buildings of 2013

Federal Center South Building 1202

Built on a 4.6-acre brownfield, this 209,000 square foot building in Seattle is the regional headquarters for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

This "net zero capable" building in Seattle will earn an Energy Star score of 100 and is striving for LEED Platinum. It's one of the first in the region to use structural piles for geothermal heating and cooling, as well as a phase change thermal storage tank.
Two new products, chilled sails and open office lighting, were developed and manufactured specifically for this project to help achieve aggressive energy targets. To optimize the use of the available reclaimed timbers, the team designed, tested and constructed the first wood composite beam system in the U.S. 

Located on the banks of the Duwamish Waterway, it is on a Superfund site, with a goal of restoring the riverbank. Rather than having to pump stormwater uphill from the site to the city's municipal storm water system, runoff is treated in storm water surface ponds, raingardens and wet ponds, and then infiltrated.

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This article reprinted with permission from SustainableBusiness. 

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