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Miller Hull honored for its planet positive practice

11-3-2023 | News

Architectural magazine Metropolis has named Seattle firm The Miller Hull Partnership its 2023 Firm of the Year. The honor was announced last month as part of the magazine’s annual Planet Positive Awards program.

The Planet Positive Awards recognize projects and products from around the world that benefit people and the planet, as well as firms and professionals committed to forging a better built environment.

Metropolis says winners “represent the highest achievements today in design that addresses climate change, ecosystem health, human health, and equity.” Miller Hull was celebrated for its commitment to sustainability and environmentally and socially responsible architecture; values which the firm says have been foundational since it was established in 1977.

Metropolis spotlighted Miller Hull’s long and innovative work employing sustainable design practices, from its award-winning earth-sheltered and solar buildings in the early 1980s to its five certified Living Buildings in the 21st-century.

In the past four years, Miller Hull has completed 13 LEED-certified projects, four of which are certified Platinum. One of those, the U.S. embassy in Niamey, Niger, is the first building in West Africa to be certified at this level.

In addition to its sustainable projects, in 2021 the firm launched its EMission Zero initiative, which targets the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions caused by buildings. Through EMission Zero, the firm commits to voluntarily purchase Green-e certified carbon offsets to cover the up-front embodied emissions of each built project it designs.

The Planet Positive award adds to a storied list of honors that recognize Miller Hull’s positive environmental impact. These include eight AIA Committee on the Environment Awards.

Miller Hull is headquartered in Seattle and also has an office in San Diego.

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