Green Buildings Take Top Awards at TOBY Awards

Green Buildings Take Top Awards at TOBY Awards

At the recent Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Conference in Denver, the group gave out its annual TOBY awards for The Office Building of the Year in 14 categories.

Two notable green buildings earned prizes at the TOBYs: the Time Warner Center in New York City won the prize in the Over One Million Square Feet category, and the John J. Duncan Federal Building in Knoxville Tennessee took home the Earth Award.

The Time Warner Center is a notable green building, designed to use 35 percent less energy than New York State's building code allows, as well as being built with an eye toward indoor air quality and non-toxic furnishings and interior elements. Completed in 2004, the building is currently in the process of being LEED-EB certified.

The Duncan Federal Building underwent a renovation beginning in 2004 that resulted in an overhaul of its energy and water use. The building now uses 225 fewer megawatt-hours of electricity per year and the installation of water-saving restroom equipment and water metering systems saves 668,000 gallons of water each year. The Duncan Building is also LEED-EB certified, and has earned an Energy Star rating of 94.

Those were not the only two green buildings honored at the TOBYs; in addition to the dedicated green category and a green building taking the prize for the largest building in the awards, a total of six of the 14 buildings honored are green certified, whether through the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program or BOMA's Go Green initiative, which recognizes environmental achievements by Canadian buildings.

The Complexe Desjardins in Montréal; the Garden City Tower in St. Catharines, Ontario; PriceWaterhouseCoopers Place in Vancouver; and the Centre CDP Capital, also in Montréal are all Go Green-certified buildings that took home awards at the BOMA conference.