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The Bagley Nature Center, a classroom at the University of Minnesota Duluth, has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its Committee on the Environment (COTE) as one of the ten winners of this year's Top Ten Green Projects Program.


Bagley Nature Center, UMD


The COTE Top Ten Green Projects Program recognizes projects that demonstrate the highest accomplishment in environmentally sustainable architecture, combining inspired design, systems analysis, and evaluation of performance. In its 16th year, the program is the profession's best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence. An impressive jury evaluates all submissions based on ten sustainability measures and metrics to select the top 10 winners.


Completed in 2010, the Bagley Nature Center is a LEED® Platinum Certified project that has performed beyond expectations in terms of performance efficiency. The project features a host of sustainable building practices and materials, including triple glazed Innotech windows and doors, designed to help the building perform at its best in Minnesota's cold climate.


Bagley Nature Center, UMD


To learn more about the Bagley Nature Center and the 2012 COTE Top Ten Green Projects Program winners, visit AIATopTen.org.


Photo Credit: Paul Crosby



Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Patient Housing


Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) Patient Housing was recently featured in GB&D Magazine. The project's lead architect, Scott Carr, defines the LEED Gold registered project as follows:


"The building is meticulously detailed to withstand the tests of time," says Carr. "Sustainability begins with designing durable buildings that are capable of lasting 75-100 years."


SCCA features a high-performance thermal envelope that meets Architecture 2030 Challenge requirements. Innotech Tilt + Turn Windows are featured throughout the project.


+ Read the GB&D Magazine article here

+ Read the SCCA project profile here


The US Green Building Council has released a new fact sheet addressing energy performance in the LEED rating system. 


"The fact sheet details a crucially important tool in helping to realize a building’s performance in every aspect of sustainability: LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance. LEED buildings certified through EB:O&M are certified based upon their energy consumption in addition to the measures undertaken in the other credit categories covering water, indoor environmental quality, materials, and location. The amount of certified space under EB:O&M has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years, surpassing the rate of certification for New Construction (see the graph in the fact sheet for exactly how much and how fast). We expect this growth to continue as the building industry (and even the President) focuses on improving existing buildings."


+ Click here for more information 

+ Click here to read the fact sheet


The LEED® Platinum Certified Bagley Classroom was recently featured in GreenSource Magazine. Featuring triple glazed Innotech Tilt + Turn Windows, the project in Duluth Minnesota is also awaiting Passive House recognition.


Bagley Nature Classroom - LEED Platinum 



Students at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) are fortunate to have access to Bagley Nature Area, a 55-acre parcel of land on the northwest portion of the campus that includes a pond, forest, ski and hiking trails, and open space. But while conducting research, observing wildlife, or absorbing the scenery, the students had no home base. To remedy this dilemma, the university commissioned local firm Salmela Architect to design a small LEED Platinum-certified classroom space on an existing clearing (an unused volleyball court). It was the team who decided to up the ante and simultaneously try for Passive House certification and net-zero energy. “We went for everything,” says David Salmela, FAIA. “Energy-oriented buildings tend to be driven by the technology rather than the architecture. What we wanted to do was combine all of those things together.”


+ Read the full article here


The Brook is a new residential mid-rise building located on Vancouver's luxurious North Shore. The Brook is LEED® Registered seeking Platinum Certification with the Canada Green Building Council. Celebrated for being one of the most environmentally friendly residential buildings in Canada, Innotech is pleased to have contributed to the project's green features with energy efficient and durable windows and doors.


+ Read the Vancouver Sun article 

+ Read the Globe and Mail article


The Strand is a commercial and residential waterfront condominium located in Winnipeg, Manitoba on the shores of the Red River. Designed and developed by Friesen Tokar Architects, leaders in sustainable design, The Strand was recognized by Manitoba Hydro for its excellent energy efficiency and awarded a significant rebate.


“I wanted The Strand to have tilt and turn style windows,” said Rudy Friesen, architect and developer for The Strand. “But I also wanted windows that would be suitable for Manitoba’s very cold and windy winters. After meeting with the Innotech team, there was no question that their Tilt + Turn product had the energy and durability performance features we required for The Strand.”


+ Read the project profile for The Strand

+ For more information, visit Friesen Tokar Architects + Lanscape + Interior Designers


Veer Lofts is a residential project by Vulcan Inc. in Seattle's South Lake Union neighbourhood. Veer Lofts is LEED® Registered seeking Silver Certification with the US Green Building Council. Featuring floor to ceiling windows in each loft, Innotech Windows + Doors is proud to be a part of Seattle's new green community!


+ Visit the Veer Lofts website