The COTE (Committee on the Environment) Top Ten Awards is the industry’s best-known award program for sustainable design excellence. Each year, ten innovative projects are recognized for their integration of design excellence with environmental performance.
Until 2017, COTE Top Ten recognized ten projects based largely on predicted performance. The measures and metrics were entirely revamped in 2017 and now emphasize the importance of actual performance in addition to design intent. Any number of the ten recipients may receive a COTE Top Ten Plus designation which denotes projects with exemplary actual performance and post-occupancy lessons. Previous COTE Top Ten recipients are ineligible to submit.
But the COTE Top Ten is more than an award for a few exemplary projects—it’s a framework firms can use to guide the design of every project in their design portfolio.
A detailed overview of the COTE Top Ten measures and award criteria can be found in the 2018 Call for Entries. Is it your first time submitting? Watch the recording of our recent webinar discussing the processes and documentation that support a successful submission.
- Any US-licensed architect may enter.
- On team projects, the architect submitting the entry doesn’t have to be the head of the team.
- Submitting firms must have signed the AIA 2030 Commitment.
- Completed new buildings, renovations, restorations, interior architecture, and urban/regional plans are eligible.
- Projects may be located anywhere in the world.
- Projects must have been completed at least three months prior to the submission deadline, with no additional age-related restrictions.
- You may submit multiple entries.
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