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Top 10 green buildings

By: chief on May 20, 2010, 2:39 p.m.
nighttime view of high-rise building

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Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg, Canada

Manitoba Hydro Place was designed utilizing a formal integrated design process to achieve daunting goals of energy efficiency, healthy workplace environment, urban revitalization, sustainability and architectural excellence. A model for bioclimatic design in an extreme climate that fluctuates 70 degrees Celsius annually, the "Capital A" form is site specific to harness the maximum amount of passive solar and wind energies and to provide 100 percent fresh air, 24/7. At 88 kwh/m2/annually, from a demand side, it is the most energy efficient large office tower in North America, with a 66 percent improvement over the standard. While targeting LEED Platinum certification, Manitoba Hydro Place has, more importantly, achieved its ultimate goal of a superior indoor environment for the health and well-being of its employees. (Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects and Smith Carter Architects and Engineers )