Kroon Hall, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
Replacing a brownfield site, Kroon Hall was charged with being a net zero energy building. The architects and the university wanted Kroon Hall to set a new standard for schools around the country. It had to function not simply as a sustainable overlay that offset unsustainable practices in people’s everyday lives but as something that inspired and encouraged people to alter their lives and become more sustainable citizens. This was accomplished through a mix of active and passive design measures and visible, invisible and interactive building features. (Hopkins Architects and Centerbrook Architects & Planners)