2012 - 2012 Georgia Tech Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory Team, Atlanta, GA

Named Builders of the Year Project: This highly modern building features 1,400 solar cells (including several hundred that act as cladding on the south facing side of the building) that make the building 87 percent energy self-sufficient. This team used integrated design to create a state-of-the-art design/build facility that strives to meet 2030 goals of carbon neutrality. Tenants include the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute and other energy research teams. Perhaps the most remarkable part of the building is that there is no air-conditioning in the laboratory in Atlanta, Georgia. Using natural ventilation even in 100+ plus degree heat — there is so much air that goes through the building – up to 10 air changes a minute in the high bay lab that it stays cool.