Livable Buildings Awards Finalists 2013

This year's honorable mention is a Los Angeles office aiming for net-zero energy.

A total of six buildings met the criteria to be considered for the 2013 awards. These buildings provide a superior level of occupant comfort and experience according to the CBE occupant survey results.

In addition to this year’s winner, the jury recognized the following high-performing project:

Morphosis Architecture Studio: Los Angeles, CA
Honorable Mention

The Los Angeles office of the Morphosis Architecture Studio was designed to be high-performing and energy efficient. WIth the goal of becoming net-zero, they used innovative technologies to help them approach their goal, including: Monodraught Windcatchers, a natural ventilation system not previously used in the U.S.; underfloor air distribution (UFAD); and photovoltaic panels installed on the parking shelters. By working closely with engineering firm Buro Happold, Morphosis used the post-occupancy evaluation to help them see the impact of their energy saving ideas on their occupants.

"This is a great example of a mid-size commercial building taking responsibility for itself," said one juror of Morphosis' use of photovoltaic panels and their goal of being net-zero.

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Architect: Morphosis
Structural Engineer: John A. Martin Associates, Inc.
MEP and Lighting Design: Buro Happold
Civil Engineer: Seaboard Engineering
Landscape Architect: Katherine Spitz Associates
Construction Management: JKB Construction Management
General Contractor: X-Tech
Electrical: Sunlife Construction
Mechanical: HVAC Service
Plumbing: Rocco Meoli Plumbing

Additional Finalists

Four additional buildings that met the requirements for consideration are listed below. These projects all show exceptional performance in terms of indoor environmental quality as shown by CBE's occupant survey.

Ferguson Elementary School

Wellsville, PA

Integral Group Oakland Office

Oakland, CA

Magnetrol Corporate Headquarters

Downers Grove, IL

Texas A&M Galveston Ocean and Coastal Studies Building

Galveston, TX

Livable Buildings Award

Morphosis Architecture Studio exterior.
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Livable Buildings Award

Morphosis open office plan. Images courtesy of Morphosis Architects.