The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. COTE serves as the community and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design and building science and performance.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Deep Green Renovation: Broad Scale Strategies for Achieving Deep Energy Savings in Existing Buildings
Catherine Killien, the 2011 AIA/AIAS COTE Research Scholar, examines the critical roll existing buildings play in the effort to dramatically reduce carbon emissions and energy use to a point that can reverse the impacts of global climate change.
Green Building Performance - A Post Occupancy Evaluation of 22 GSA Buildings
Results of the newly released study confirmed that, on average, GSA’s sustainably designed buildings use less energy and water, emit less CO2, cost less to maintain, and have occupants who are more satisfied than those working in typical buildings. In short, sustainable design makes good business sense.
BuildingGreen Announces Top-Ten Green Products for 2012
BuildingGreen announced its tenth annual Top-10 Green Building Products during the 2011 Greenbuild conference in Toronto last week. The award highlights the most forward-look products reviewed in EBN and featured in GreenSpec throughout the year.
AIA Introduces Five New Documents for Use on Sustainable Projects
New documents based on concepts and model language included in the AIA’S Guide for Sustainable Projects.
AIA Sustainability 2031
A column sharing insights on the newest tools and resources members need to stay ahead of the sustainability curve.
Free Download: AIA Contract Documents Releases Guide for Sustainable Projects
COTE TOP 10 GREEN PROJECTS
Top Ten Website
2010 Top Ten Presentation (PDF)
AIA/COTE Top Ten Project Case Studies
2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006
AIA/COTE Top Ten Project Boards
2009 | 2008
In the News –Top Ten Green Projects
2010 Top Ten Featured in Fast Company
Architects & Artisans
San Francisco Chronicle
Since 2009, the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and the AIA Committee on the Environment proudly partnered to offer the AIA/COTE Research Scholarship.
AIA Guide to Building Life Cycle Assessment
Details the tools and tactics of balancing the costs and benefits of material and systems selection.
Assessing Green Building Performance
A Post Occupancy Evaluation of 12 GSA Buildings
Carbon Neutral Design Project
A joint effort by the AIA, members of COTE, and the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) to produce educational and
resource materials for carbon neutral design.
COTE Measures of Sustainable Design
Writing the Green RFP
This document touches on the basic elements of an RFP
for design services for a sustainable project.
Ecological Literacy in Architecture Education Report
A look at the degree to which ecological literacy and sustainability are playing a role in American architecture education
NFRC Certification Program for Commercial Fenestration Energy-Related Performance Ratings
Energy Auditing in Relation to Building Enclosures
AIA 2030 Commitment – Reporting Progress Towards 2030
The AIA Podnet Series features interviews, discussions, and best practices by architects and other design professionals who are at the forefront of the profession.
Design | Leadership | Practice | Performance
AIA 2030 Commitment
Building Enclosure Council
Integrated Practice Resources