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Architects are positioned to be leaders with regard to an expanded view of health, safety and welfare. As an Institute we must provide the access to knowledge, research, and professional collaborations that are critical to ensure our members become more informed and better prepared to lead. The AIA continues 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.



    Greening the Heartland

    September 9-10, 2013
    Chicago – More Info

    The Next Generation of the High Performance Sustainable Building

    September 23-25, 2013
    San Diego – More Info


    The AIA Podnet Series features interviews, discussions, and best practices by architects and other design professionals who are at the forefront of the profession.
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    Deep Energy Retrofits: An Emerging Opportunity, An Architect’s Guide to the Energy Retrofit Market is a co-publication between AIA and Rocky Mountain Institute. The guide serves to introduce architects to the concept of deep energy retrofits, inform them of the significant business opportunity deep energy retrofits represent, educate them on the deep energy retrofit process and the architect’s role in it, and familiarize them with the financial tools and incentives needed to participate in this promising market sector.

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    Free Download: AIA Contract Documents Releases Guide for Sustainable Projects


    Originally developed in 2007, a resource to help our members move toward the Institute’s 50% energy reduction targets. The 50 strategies were selected based on the highest and most immediate impact on carbon reduction for elements that are within the architect’s control during the design process.

    AIA Guide to Building Life Cycle Assessment
    Details the tools and tactics of balancing the costs and benefits of material and systems selection based on resource consumption and pollution from fabrication, shipping, construction, operations, and end-of-life deconstruction.

    Performance by Design
    This study investigates the energy performance of buildings recognized by the Top Ten Green Projects award from the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (COTE).

    Rating Systems Study

    A primary objective of the position statement on rating systems was to encourage outcome- and performance based thinking as the central approach to a building project. In 2007 the SDiG chose to examine three broadly accepted rating systems that provide scoring of sustainable features in building design and construction.

    Green Meeting Guidelines

    The Green Meeting Guidelines is a document with tips and resources for meeting planning in order to reduce the environmental impact of the events hosted by AIA components.

    2030 Toolkit

    This toolkit is a refinement and expansion of the Green Cities Toolkit that was produced and developed with one of our primary strategic partners, the United States Conference of Mayors. Organized in three parts (Advocacy, Design, and Community), it is a virtual connection to resources and examples that demonstrate the greening of our built environment.


    2030 Commitment: An AIA National initiative for firms to voluntarily make a pledge to advance the AIA’s 2030 goals. The purpose is to drive change in practice by focusing on the entire design portfolio rather than exemplary projects and asks for firms to track annual progress. Reporting tool debuted at the 2010 AIA National Convention.

    COTE Top Ten:
    Regarded as the profession’s best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence, the Top Ten demonstrates how architects are uniquely qualified to address environmental challenges thought design that integrates architecture, technology, and natural systems. Beyond an awards program, the Top Ten has a strong focus on knowledge delivery in the form of case studies. Unlike any other program, Top Ten measures both qualitative and quantitative aspects of sustainable design.

    AIA+2030 Professional Series: A successful, road-tested high performance design curriculum developed by AIA Seattle that AIA National has identified as feasible to expand at a national scale. Ten, 4-hour sessions offer strategies to reach 50% reduction in fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions, giving design professionals the knowledge and leverage to create next-generation, super-efficient buildings.


    Local Leaders in Sustainability
    Local Leaders in Sustainability is a national research project on green building policy in local communities. This report series, begun in 2007 has included four reports focused on green cities, green counties, green incentives, and green building policy in a changing economic environment.

    International Green Construction Code (IgCC)

    The International Code Council (ICC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and ASTM-International laucned the development of a sace and sustainable building code entitled IgCC: Safe and Sustainable by the Book.

    What AIA members need to know about the IgCC Read More



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