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Stop procrastinating! Submissions for the 2013 COTE Top Ten Awards close on January 25.

The Woods Hole Research Center and many others have set a high bar for AIA COTE Top Ten awards. Does your project have what it takes?
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Woods Hole Research Center. Sidwell Friends School. Vancouver Convention Center. What do these projects have in common, besides leadership in design and environmental measures?

They are all past winners of the Top Ten Green Project Awards sponsored by the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment, or COTE. (BuildingGreen is also a sponsor, providing technical and editorial support.)

If you want a chance to add your project to that list, you’ve got till 8 p.m. Eastern time on January 25 to submit.

What it takes

From their origins in 2000, the awards have come a long way. “The bar has been raised,” noted members of the jury about the 2011 awards. Having a beautifully designed and energy-efficient building is fantastic, but winning projects in recent years have done even more, like:

  • Repair damaged communities
  • Creatively embody an organization’s mission
  • Focus on materials and whole-building life cycle
  • Repurpose a historic structure
  • Regenerate a site
  • Recycle “waste” as a resource

If you’ve been part of a green project that you think accomplished something special (and was completed between 2003 and September 2012), you should consider submitting.

Top Ten “Plus”

Newly this year, the jury will also choose a Top Ten Plus winner: a project that won an award in the past and can show exemplary performance data for at least one year.

How to submit

Here are all the details you’ll need, straight from COTE’s mouth:

Register and log in here to submit your project data, images, and legal release forms.  You must also register separately to submit your payment to AIA—it's a separate registration system so your user name and password will be different.

Read the Call for Entries document for overall information about this program and additional resources. There is also a downloadable file listing all the input fields for your planning purposes.

Good luck!

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