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Resiliency: From Surviving to Thriving

When disasters strike, buildings can turn into traps as they did in Hurricane Katrina, or they can provide places of refuge.

Drake Landing Solar Community: Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

Tucked away in the midst of a Canadian suburb is an ordinary-looking neighborhood that may represent the future of sustainable residential heating systems.

Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building: Portland, OR

One of the most important aspects of this three-year renovation began when the construction ended.

Outagamie County Regional Airport General Aviation Terminal: Appleton, WI

Airports are often the face of a community, the first and last impression for the traveling public.

Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS): Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) aims to not only reduce impact on the environment, but improve the lives of its occupants and its community through net positive operation.

Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF): Golden, CO

At NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, Colo., scientists and engineers work to overcome challenges related to how the nation generates, delivers and uses energy by modernizing the interplay between energy sources, infrastructure, and data.

Zero Energy Building @ BCA Academy: Singapore

When the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore needed to retrofit its three-story building on the BCA Academy campus, it decided to try to make it a net zero energy building despite the challenge of doing so in a hot and humid tropical climate.

PNC Net Zero Bank Branch: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Solar panel canopies covering the ATM drive-through and pedestrian walkways at the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., PNC Bank branch are the first indication that this is no ordinary bank.

Portland Community College Newberg Center: Newberg, OR

As the first step toward what could be an entirely net zero energy campus, Portland Community College Newberg Center is a proving ground of sorts for the college.

Oakland University Human Health Building: Rochester, MI

At the Oakland University Human Health Building, the focus on wellness is apparent even before stepping inside.

Locust Trace AgriScience Center: Lexington, KY

At the Locust Trace AgriScience Center, students learn agriculture by doing.

SIERR Building at McKinstry Station: Spokane, Wash.

Early in the 20th century, the Spokane and Inland Empire Rail Road (SIERR) Building serviced one of the most innovative modes of transportation ...

Haywood Community College Creative Arts Building: Clyde, N.C.

Conditioned by the mountain air and illuminated with ample daylight, the new home of Haywood Community College’s Professional Arts program creates inviting, inspiring spaces for students to create one-of-a-kind works of art.

Saint Martin’s University Cebula Hall: Lacey, Wash.

What does it take to inspire students to pursue careers that tackle some of the toughest engineering challenges of the 21st century?

IDeAs Z2 Design Facility: San Jose, CA

The San Jose, Calif., office of Integrated Design Associates (IDeAs) achieves net zero energy by keeping building loads to a minimum and using building-integrated photovoltaic panels to produce electricity.

Oberlin College's Adam Joseph Lewis Center: Oberlin, OH

Thousands of building professionals, educators and students have toured the facility during its 10 years of operation, gaining a new perspective on the possibilities of sustainable design.

UC Davis Health and Wellness Center: Davis, CA

The daylight-filled three-story UC Davis Health and Wellness Center offers physical and mental health services from dermatology to stress reduction strategies for the campus’ 30,000 students.

Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts: Philadelphia, PA 

It’s hard to imagine a less desirable site for a school than the one selected for the new Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia.

Ada County Courthouse and Administration Building: Boise, ID

Even a new building that is designed for efficiency and sustainability can improve its performance through constant monitoring, adjustments, maintenance and annual evaluation of systems.

Chandler City Hall: Chandler, AZ

A splashing outdoor water feature might seem like a frivolous luxury in a desert community like the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Ariz. But Chandler City Hall’s courtyard waterfall ...
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