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The COTE (Committee on the Environment) Top Ten Awards is the industry’s best-known award program for sustainable design excellence.

The COTE (Committee on the Environment) Top Ten Awards is the industry's best-known awards program for sustainable design excellence. Each year, ten innovative projects are recognized for their integration of design excellence with environmental performance. COTE Top Ten Awards highlight the highest achievements in both design intent and actual performance across the triple bottom line of social, economic, and environmental value. 

While newly completed projects may be submitted, project teams are strongly encouraged to submit projects for which performance and occupant satisfaction data are available a period of 12 months or more with at least 75 percent occupancy. There is no time limit for submission after project completion. 

Until 2017, the COTE Top Ten award recognized ten projects based largely on predicted performance. The COTE Top Ten measures and metrics were entirely revamped in 2017 and now emphasize the importance of actual performance in addition to design intent. They also highlight issues like wellness, resilience and economy that have gained importance. Any number of the ten awards may receive a Top Ten Plus designation which denotes projects with exemplary actual performance and post-occupancy lessons. Previous Top Ten award recipients are ineligible to submit.

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U.S. Only


$425 - $850

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