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Monday, January 07, 2008

Artists for Humanity EpiCenter

While searching for interesting design items from around the city, I came across a website featuring the American Institute of Architects' annual Top 10 Green Projects. The first building featured in the 2007 Top 10 is the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter in South Boston.

Conceived in collaboration with the youth that benefit directly from Artists for Humanity's work and designed by Somerville-based Arrowstreet, "The EpiCenter is a simple, functional building that achieves the highest levels of sustainability on a tight budget. The building uses energy and water efficiently, incorporates recycled materials, makes full use of natural daylight, and promotes the health of its occupants. The EpiCenter also offers an opportunity to build public awareness of sustainable, economic, and environmental principles among the immediate community and beyond."

The EpiCenter is rated as LEED Platinum, the highest possible rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Congratulations to AFH and Arrowstreet on being named a Top 10 Project for 2007. I look forward to the day when every building is made to be as efficient as the EpiCenter.

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