It’s not easy picking favorites, but somebody’s gotta do it.

COTE (The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment) recently released its picks for the top 10 green building projects of the year. The stunning, geographically diverse winners were judged on 10 different measures ranging from materials to energy to light and air.

Head on over to the AIA website to view the full list of winners from 2009 and previous years. TreeHugger also a great slideshow/summary of the top 10. Below are a few choices from the winners circle — not all residential and not all-American, mind you — that caught my eye.

The Terry Thomas by Weber Thompson (Seattle, WA)
Synergy at Dockside Green by Busby Perkins + Will Architects (Vancouver, BC)


Gish Family Apartments by OKJ Architecture and Planning (San Jose, CA)
Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center by Lake | Flato Architects (Orange, TX)

Via [Jetson Green] and [TreeHugger

Photos: Gabe Hanson, Enrico Dagostini, Bernard Andre, Hester + Hardaway Photography

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Perfect 10
Feast your eyes on the top 10 green building projects of the year, according to COTE.