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BOSTON-In celebration of its annual convention held here through this past weekend, the American Institute of Architects has joined Mayor Thomas Menino in selecting a dozen properties considered the “greenest” in the city. The eclectic roster includes both new and historic structures and covers a range of properties from academic buildings and healthcare facilities to an airport terminal, nature center and the Boston Children’s Museum.

“These buildings have been spotlighted because they raise public awareness about reducing energy consumption, which is a critical step in lowering greenhouse gas emissions and combating climate change,” AIA CEO Christine McEntee says in a release announcing the list. “Our hope is that existing structures and buildings under new construction follow in the footsteps of Boston’s Greenest.” As part of the AIA’s ongoing “Walk the Walk” sustainability design campaign, a green footprint will be placed outside the selected buildings to reflect the trade association’s efforts to cut fossil fuel consumption and achieve carbon neutrality.

Menino vowed that Boston “will continue to be at the forefront of the green building movement,” a campaign he maintains is good for the environment and health of building occupants while also keeping operating costs in check. “That is good for the bottom line,” he says in the release. The list includes several LEED-certified properties and others recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program.

Properties that have undergone energy retrofits and other upgrades are also in the mix, including One Beacon St., a 36-year-old office tower that owner Beacon Capital Partners has spent $500,000 on to modernize lighting, heating and cooling systems, reduce water consumption and implement an aggressive recycling program. The building was just given a LEED Silver certificate in the existing structures category.

A landscaped green roof and state-of-the-art insulated window system were among the factors putting 601 Congress St. in Boston’s Seaport District among the 12 greenest. The LEED-certified headquarters of John Hancock Financial Services has an EPA Energy Star ranking as well. Also in the Seaport District, the recently renovated Children’s Museum made the list thanks to what the AIA terms “a major commitment” to green design that includes a Gold-level LEED certificate reflecting the use of 25% recycled and 20% locally harvested or manufactured materials in the renovation.

Across town in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood, the new headquarters of WGBH-TV is capped by a partial green roof, one of several innovations putting that television studio on the list. The LEED-certified structure has motion-sensitive office lighting, UV filtering glass and is made of 90% recycled steel, plus has conservation measures to reduce water consumption by 30% of normal levels. The nearby Hamilton Hall at Harvard Business School in Allston was also feted and, the AIA says, exemplifies the school’s broader commitment to a campus-wide sustainability program.

A Back Bay Hotel, owned by a local hospitality company committed to energy conservation throughout its holdings, was also recognized by the AIA. Already ranked as the top urban hotel in the world on Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Green List, the Lenox Hotel made the AIA cut, partly due to its initiative to offset 100% of the carbon emissions resulting from all of its electricity usage, and for being the first US hotel to offer guests the option of reusing their linen and towels. Owned by Saunders Hotel Group, the Lenox also employs healthy cleaners, air fresheners and paints, and was fitted with energy efficient windows in a renovation program.

The Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Center at Brigham & Women’s Hospital consists of eco-friendly construction materials that helped earn its selection by the AIA. The facility has a white roof to deflect heat and a ventilation system that lowers the build-up of latex allergens in ceiling spaces. In South Boston, a 140-unit condominium that achieved LEED Gold certification was feted by AIA for a design that will save 600,000 gallons of water annually and consume 30% less electricity. The Macallen Building represents a “conscious and deliberate effort” by the developer and its design/build team to incorporate sustainable design features, says the AIA.

Among the more unusual facilities on the list is the new Terminal A at Logan International Airport, which has special storm water filtration devices and roofing membranes to deflect heat. The AIA also cited the George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center for technologies such as geothermal heat pumps, photovoltaic shingles, and a solar hot water system. Where possible, the building uses environmentally sound materials from sustainability harvested forests, and local sources including Roxbury Puddingstone. Recycled materials and use of rainwater to irrigate a grassy recessed courtyard are among the innovations putting the EpiCenter artist facility in South Boston on the list. Those elements also helped it become the first LEED Platinum building in Boston, notes the AIA.

Even as Boston prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2012, Fenway Park showed its new millennium mettle by being put on the AIA list thanks to a variety of energy conservation measures implemented in recent years. A sand filtration system moderates runoff into storm drains, and Fenway’s owners are installing low-flow plumbing and sensor-controlled fixtures, as well as converting many parts of the facility to fluorescent lighting.

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