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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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Top Ten Awards
Local & State Chapters

State and Local Committees on the Environment

When renewing their annual membership, 7,000 AIA members check “sustainable design” as a strong interest. When a few, or many of them, are in the same place, a local COTE chapter is possible. Find out more about starting an AIA COTE chapter in your area.

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View the State and Regional Chapter Directory »


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.

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

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. 

2014 Call For Entries is Closed 


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

Upcoming Events

  1. Herman Miller Healthcare Intern Architect Scholarship

    Friday, April 25 - Friday, August 8, 2014
    United States
  2. Housing Test Registration

    Thursday, June 26 - Thursday, July 31, 2014
    Chicago, IL, United States
  3. Submit A Presentation Abstract For The 2015 PDC Summit

    Sunday, July 20 - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Latest Resources

James Malanaphy III, AIA

2014 NRS Holland Prize Competition Poster

Ms. Kayla Friedman, AIA

A flyer advertising the IDBE 20th anniversary scholarship competition which can be distributed, printed,...

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Announcements

AIA Contract Documents Release New Sustainable Project (SP) Documents

AIA Contract Documents just released Sustainable Project (SP) versions of the Construction Manager as Adviser (CMa) and the Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) documents. The CMc and CMa delivery models are beneficial for sustainable projects because the construction manager’s involvement in the early stages of the project results in collaboration between the owner, the architect and the construction manager in development of the owner’s sustainable objective and the sustainability process.


New! 2013 COTE Scholar Report

This report seeks to better understand successful project delivery and cost management strategies for high-performance buildings through a series of case studies and a litera¬ture review. Two primary questions drove the research:

1. To what extent is Integrated Project Delivery [IPD] implemented in high- performance building projects, and why aren’t teams using it in its truest form?

2. What integration strategies are most common and effective in high-performance projects?

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

Latest Discussions

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    What Independence Day has to do with place maki...

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    Friday, July 11, 2014 Pride and Placemaking If the Fourth of July were a test about place-making, American communities would pass with flying colors, so to speak. When it comes to fireworks...

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    The Book is Dead, Long Live the Library!

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    Join us for the COTE Top Ten Celebration!

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    The AIA COTE Advisory Group Would Like to Cordially Invite You to Our Annual COTE Top Ten Celebration The celebration runs from 6:30- 8:30 pm on Thursday on June 26th at the historic Casino Club,...

Latest Blogs

  • A. Lira Luis

    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 Luis

    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 Luis

    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 Luis

    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.
  • Mr. Michael Scarmack, AIA

    This Water

    Committee on the Environment

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