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AIA COTE

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.

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Mission

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.

COTE reflects the profession’s commitment to provide healthy and safe environments for people and is dedicated to preserving the earth’s capability of sustaining a shared high quality of life. The committee’s mission is to lead and coordinate the profession’s involvement in environmental and energy-related issues and to promote the role of the architect as a leader in preserving and protecting the planet and its living systems.

COTE provides the AIA with knowledge about environmental issues and advises the Institute on environmental policy matters affecting the practice of architecture. The committee supports cooperation with educators and institutions of learning, manufacturers, government agencies, environmental organizations, and industry groups in advancing environmentally sound design processes and standards as well as environmentally innovative materials and integrated systems.

COTE History

 

 

About COTE

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.

View the COTE Timeline for major accomplishments throughout the years starting in 1990! 

Latest News







Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan 
Prepared by AIA Resident Fellow Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA

Third Annual AIA 2030 Commitment Report
Prepared by the 2030 Commitment

2015 AIA Taliesin Colloquium

 
Whole-Building Life Cycle Assessment: New Conversations in Holistic Sustainability and Preservation



Registration is now open for the 2015 AIA Taliesin Colloquium at Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona, on Friday and Saturday, October 9-10, 2015, with an optional workshop on Sunday, October 11th. This is the first joint education program sponsored by both AIA’s Committee on the Environment and Historic Resources Committee, hosted and co-sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

The colloquium will bring together the leading edge of investigation and practice in sustainability. The topic is useful and compelling to all building professionals, building owners and managers, and everyone concerned with the future of the built environment.

   

Guide to Using AIA Contract Documents & Software- In Person! 

 
Friday, September 25, 2015 | 9:30am - 5:00pm | Eligible for 6.5 AIA/CES LU Hours | Fee for members/non-members: $299

Don't miss this opportunity to attend an interactive session on the latest version of AIA Contract Documents and Software! During this course, you will learn the importance of having written contracts in place, and the potential dangers in operating without them; explore the contractual relationship between the various construction parties and how contracts define the responsibility, authority, and expectations of each; and  become familiar with the key features of commonly-used AIA contract documents.




AIA/COTE Top Ten

The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program celebrates structures that use a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems, and technology to provide architectural solutions which protect and enhance the environment. Entries are examined in regard to their design and innovation, integration with their community, land use and effect on site ecology, bioclimatic design, energy and water use, approach to light and air, materials and construction, long-life considerations, and feedback loops. 

AIA/COTE Top Ten Awards 

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COTE Scholar Program

Since 2008, the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) proudly
partnered to offer the AIA/COTE Research Scholarship.  This program asks one selected student to conduct research and studies on a particular topic related to sustainable design – both at the building and community scale.

Realizing Next Generation Green
Sara Tepfer, AIA/AIAS COTE Research Fellowship 2013

2030 Commitment Case Studies
Megan Turner, AIA/AIAS COTE Research Fellowship 2012

Deep Green Renovations
Catharine Killien, AIA/AIAS COTE Research Fellowship 2011

Low Carbon Communities
Tyler Blazer
, AIA/AIAS COTE Research Fellowship 2010

An Energy Analysis of AIA/COTE Top Ten Projects
Nathan Brown, AIA/AIAS COTE Research Fellowship 2009

Hyrdrology & Water Conservation
Brad Zuger, M. Arch, AIA/AIAS COTE Research Fellowship 2008

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Upcoming Events

  1. ACSA IAHSA Joint International Conference

    Monday, August 31 - Friday, September 4, 2015
    Perth, Australia
  2. AIA International Region Conference

    Friday, September 11 - Monday, September 14, 2015
    Kyoto, Japan
  3. JIA National Convention

    Thursday, September 17 - Friday, September 18, 2015
    Kanazawa, Japan
  4. AIA Women's Leadership Summit 2015

    Thursday, September 17 - Saturday, September 19, 2015
    Seattle, WA, United States
  5. 2015 CRAN Symposium

    Saturday, September 19 - Wednesday, September 23, 2015
    Minneapolis

Latest Discussions

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    Are autonomous vehicles the death of cities?

    Posted in: Committee on the Environmen...

    The Autonomous Vehicle - Savior or Killer of Cities? Few doubt that the autonomous vehicle (AV) will come and that the self driving car will be a certain reality. The only question is when. Meanwhile...

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    Is the College Building Boom another Bubble?

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    The Unsustainable Building Boom at Colleges and Universities Higher education should all be about tomorrow, yet the colleges and universities build as if there is no tomorrow. Just when the popularity...

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    Do Architects Have Social Responsibility?

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    Do Architects have social Responsibility? There are 100,000 trade and professional organizations in the U.S. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is one of them. Within AIA there are 264...

Latest Blogs

  • A. Lira V. Luis AIA

    How Do We Make Our Cities More Resilient? Make Them More Natural

    Committee on the Environment

    Scientists predict that extreme meteorological events are becoming more frequent and destructive. For instance late last year, Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm recorded in the world so far, decimated... more

  • A. Lira V. Luis AIA

    More Than One Way to Skin a Building

    Committee on the Environment

    Read original article here . (Image by SXC) Our bodies are covered in skin that helps protect and regulate our internal temperature levels. In a similar fashion, a building’s envelope... more

  • A. Lira V. Luis AIA

    Building Blogs of a Better World

    Committee on the Environment

    Reflecting on one of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Repositioning themes, “Innovate” inspires ideas on building a better world. It brings to mind a new blog series called “ Building... more

    2 people recommend this.
  • A. Lira V. Luis AIA

    Leave No Stone and Tile Unturned

    Committee on the Environment

    ( View original article at the Coverings Blog ) Ceramic tile has been a popular building material for over 4,000 years. It played a prominent role in the history of building construction from... more

    1 person recommends this.
  • Michael Scarmack AIA

    This Water

    Committee on the Environment

    This Wa more

COTE Resources

The Carbon Neutral Design Project
A joint effort by the AIA, members of COTE, and the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) to produce educational adn resource materials for carbon neutral design. 

Ecological Literacy in Architecture Education
Funded by a planning grant from the Tides Foundation’s Kendeda Sustainability Fund, the AIA COTE's report, Ecology and Design: Ecological Literacy in Architecture Education, provides a look at the degree to which ecological literacy and sustainability are playing a role in American architecture education.

COTE Measures of Sustainable Design

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