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AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

  • 1.  AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 23 days ago
    Greetings:

    Will you be attending the AIA's Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, June 5 at AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas? If you are, and you're a voting delegate from your AIA Chapter, we are looking for your support. My colleagues (Carl Elefante, Betsy del Monte, Marsha Maytum, Mary Ann Lazarus) and I have submitted a floor Resolution recommending that the AIA Board take urgent and sustained climate action. We are looking for votes in favor of this Resolution . . . as well as folks who would be willing and prepared to speak in support. If you will be attending the Business Meeting and would like to contribute to this cause - or know someone you could nominate - please reply and I will send more information.

    Many thanks,

    Mike



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    Michael Davis FAIA
    President
    Bergmeyer Associates, Inc.
    Boston MA
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  • 2.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 22 days ago
    I will be at the convention as a delegate from AIA Savannah.  This is such an important discussion, especially as I go into a weekend with 100 degree heat predicted here for the next five days breaking all records.  Our low roads are impassable due to higher tides routinely when it was previously just a few times a year.  My home was flooded for the first time by a hurricane after living there for almost thirty years.  I am experiencing the effects personally and we need to accept that this is happening now - not in the future.  It is happening now and will only get worse.
    sincerely, Anne

    Anne K. Smith, FAIA NCARB
    LEED AP BD+C
    Lominack Kolman Smith Architects LLP
    Post Office Box 1587
    Savannah, Georgia   31402

    301 West Broughton Street, Suite 301
    Phone   912.232.5561  Ext. 8101
    Direct    912.303.8101
    Fax       912.232.5562
    Email    Anne@LKSArchitects.com





  • 3.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 18 days ago

    Thanks, everyone, for your responses to my post. Yes, the intent of this Resolution is to provide a framework for the AIA to prioritize and support urgent climate action in order to exponentially accelerate the "decarbonization" of buildings, the building sector, and the built environment. The action items proposed by the Resolution include compelling the AIA to create a multi-year strategy to engaging the full AIA Membership, the clients and communities we serve, federal, state and local policy makers and governing bodies, other professional organizations and affiliates, and the general public in education, practice, advocacy, and outreach on climate action.

     

    Michael R. Davis, FAIA, LEED AP

    President

    Bergmeyer

    51 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210

    617.542.1025 office

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  • 4.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 22 days ago
    Unfortunately I won’t be attending this year, but I favor a sustained emphasis regarding climate change. However, your resolution does nothing regarding how, what, where and when. My fear is that without specifics this will just get buried amongst the many other resolutions passed with nothing done. We need a real way for architects to act immediately, to make a paradigm shift in the way we practice and what we design. And we need accountable measures that can be sanctioned if we don’t follow through. While I support the intent, I would like the resolution to have some meat on it!

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  • 5.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 22 days ago
    No more business as usual - in your practice or at the convention! It is a matter of life and death...and all humanity must respond in any small and large way that they can. So good luck with this floor resolution.

    Michael

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    Michael J. Holtz, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP
    Founder and CEO
    LightLouver LLC

    Phone:     303 834 0414
    E-mail:     mholtz@lightlouver.com
    Web site: www.lightlouver.com





  • 6.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 22 days ago
    Dear Michael and all
    This is very important, hope there will be enough AIA there to pass the resolution. It is badly needed and should have been passed years ago.
    Jan 
    Jan Wampler, FAIA
    Distinguished Professor, ACSA
    Markborough Endowed Professor, USF
    Professor of Architecture, Emeritus, MIT
    Jan Wampler Studio  Architecture/Urban Design
    Office 617 253 7904
    Cell     617 763 4908
    wampler@mit.edu

     

     






  • 7.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 22 days ago
    Mike,
    Thank you for your leadership! Climate change is now a climate crisis and our profession must transition into this new economy. The practice of architecture will be transformed whether we are ready for it or not and the AIA is in a great position to show leadership on this issue and help firms meet their needs and goals towards a better world for everyone!

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    Angie
    Angela Brooks FAIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Brooks + Scarpa Architects Inc.
    Hawthorne CA
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  • 8.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 20 days ago
    It seems to me that architects and the AIA have been among the earliest adopters and most enthusiastic practitioners of all things related to sustainability in general and combating climate change in particular. So many of my local colleagues feature their expertise in this area in their messaging to the public, regardless of size or specialty. I ask for a clearer picture of what you have in mind. What manifestation of "urgent and sustained climate action" are you seeking?

    Norman Alston, FAIA
    Norman Alston Architects
    Dallas

    Virus-free. www.avg.com





  • 9.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 20 days ago
    Q. What manifestation of "urgent and sustained climate action" are you seeking?

    A. A more heroic response to climate change, i.e., buildings that are carbon negative, not merely carbon neutral. The profession has been fixated on LEED, but the status quo won't stave off the approaching apocalypse.

    To quote myself (as I am wont to do): "Reluctance to break the status quo, irrational or rationally driven, psychological or financial, is why today's greenhouse gases continue polluting the atmosphere, raising global temperatures, and spawning erratic climate patterns. Business-as-usual is also why, over decades, sustainable design has had little to no impact reducing global warming. In a story in need of a hero, architects have been minor characters play-acting in a fairytale, unaware they were trapped in a horror film."

    https://commonedge.org/heroism-and-the-quest-for-sustainability-how-howard-roark-would-tackle-climate-change/

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    Richard Buday FAIA
    Archimage, Inc.
    Houston TX
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  • 10.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 19 days ago
    As a small practitioner we do what we can. Of course rarely mentioned is our clients call the shots on investment beyond convention LEED certification. It has been my experience that you have to have a client willing to listen and spend the additional funds to get to zero energy or carbon neutral. "Walking the talk" even with progressive clients is difficult. Just outside of our blue bubble in Pittsburgh, the trumpites are at the gates and voted out public officials willing to go the extra distance. Architects either have to join the political fight in their communities  or walk away. Should a non profit social service organization cut back on needed services to fund a ZEB? Foundations and banks are already into these projects. The little guys are unable to come even close to funding what is needed. The rhetoric of green building is not helping. New financial tools are needed ASAP. Don't get me wrong, we need to act.. but how we act is not answered in this conversation.

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    Robert Pfaffmann FAIA
    Pfaffmann + Associates, P.C.
    Pittsburgh PA
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  • 11.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 18 days ago
    Well said Robert!

    W O Neuhaus III, FAIA, LEED ® AP | Principal
    Studio RED Architects
    Houston | Denver

    neuhaus@studioredarchitects.com




  • 12.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 18 days ago
    Every project I have ever worked on has been a balance of resources and values. That is part of the fun. I also know that the climate problem we are faced with is fundamentally a design issue. We (architects, owners, engineers...) have contributed to the crisis by preferencing certain outcomes over others. We simply can't do this any more and need to break the pattern. Our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will hold us accountable.

    This is a design problem and we can get this right. Architecture has so much to contribute. To me, that is the "how".

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    Rand Ekman FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Chief Sustainability Officer
    HKS
    Evanston IL
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  • 13.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 18 days ago
    It is true that our success in taking climate action is too often up to our clients' willingness to invest in the future.  Let's change that!
    First:  Let's declare our values.  Since the AIA Board has chosen not to take a strong stand on the proposed climate action resolution, we need to pass it on a floor vote in Las Vegas.  Please organize your networks to get accredited as a delegate, go to Vegas next week and vote!
    Second:  Let's work to demystify climate action.  Too many of our colleagues can only see problems and not opportunities.  The AIA should make meaningful, practical Net Zero Carbon literacy a central element of continuing education, best practices, business development and design awards.
    Third:  Let's change the building codes and make Net Zero Carbon buildings mandatory now. Waiting until 2030 is too late.  Architecture 2030's ZERO Code https://zero-code.org is a flexible, adoptable overlay to existing building codes designed to accelerate de-carbonization in new buildings across the nation.

    Here's a recent article on the topic that might be of interest:  Zero Carbon Architecture: The Business Case  http://arccadigest.org/zero-carbon-architecture-the-business-case/

    If there was ever a purpose for the AIA to exist - to protect the public's health, safety and welfare; to design a better future for all - this is our moment.

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    William Leddy FAIA
    Principal
    Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects
    San Francisco CA
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  • 14.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 18 days ago
    Currently, in the Rhode Island General Assembly, we have companion legislation in both the RI Senate S-0662 and the RI House H-5869 for the "Economic and Climate Resilience Act of 2019".  I am humbled and proud to be a co-author of this legislation and co-chair of EnergizeRI a statewide coalition which is promoting and supporting this bill.

    The Senate bill language can be accessed at: http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText19/SenateText19/S0662.pdf
     
    With my regards,
     
    Ken


    Kenneth J. Filarski FAIA, LEED FELLOW, LEED AP BD+C, SITES AP, AICP, CFM, SAP+AEER, NCARB
    FILARSKIARCHITECTURE+PLANNING+RESEARCH
    P.O. Box 3210, Providence, RI 02909
    401.331.8800

    LAURENTIA Bioregion


    innovation and excellence in design and planning
    creating a working landscape of
    ecology
    directed toward social responsibility and stewardship, lifelong learning,
    sustainable and renewable environments, appropriate technology and economics,
     in our urban, rural, coastal, and corporate communities
     © 2019






  • 15.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 18 days ago
    Good luck in RI!  What are the chances it passes? PA Legislature is a basket case.





  • 16.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 18 days ago
    I am cautiously optimistic.  The Sponsor in the House is Chair of the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.  The Sponsor in the Senate is the Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture.  Co-sponsors in the Senate are the Majority Leader, the Chair of the Finance Committee, and the Deputy Majority Whip.  The bills were heard in the committees of the Chairs.  

    We are demonstrating that carbon dividends/carbon pricing works by illustrating the success of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) which places a price, by auction, on the electrical sector.  RGGI is an economic boon and carbon reducer.  Realizing the reality of critics comments that Rhode Island can not do this alone we have crafted trigger language, expanded in a Sub A, that the legislation if passed can only be implemented if Massachusetts, Connecticut, and one other state in RGGI passes carbon pricing legislation.  Another component of the trigger language is that a carbon pricing study, which was recently funded, must be commenced and completed prior to implementation.  This takes the wariness of what other state legislatures have faced, i.e., that of going it alone.  By using the RGGI model, and it works, by requiring other states to pass similar legislation, and by having the resources of the carbon pricing study, Rhode Island would not be going it alone.  We would have other states as partners, addressing the carbon from fossil fuels as a regional economy-wide initiative.  Rhode Island would then be the convener and the catalyst to regional economy-wide action.

    The next three weeks will tell the story.
     
    Ken


    Kenneth J. Filarski FAIA, LEED FELLOW, LEED AP BD+C, SITES AP, AICP, CFM, SAP+AEER, NCARB
    FILARSKIARCHITECTURE+PLANNING+RESEARCH
    P.O. Box 3210, Providence, RI 02909
    401.331.8800

    LAURENTIA Bioregion


    innovation and excellence in design and planning
    creating a working landscape of
    ecology
    directed toward social responsibility and stewardship, lifelong learning,
    sustainable and renewable environments, appropriate technology and economics,
     in our urban, rural, coastal, and corporate communities
     © 2019






  • 17.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 17 days ago
    When we have a national president, such as we have in the White House, all the efforts me may wish to expend on resilience will be tossed aside at one persons whim. It is very clear to me that money talks louder than words.  Most of the culprits that have degraded our environment have done so because it paid handsomely to do so.  Again, money talks!

    Unfortunately, architects have little input, with the exception of a lot o words.  I surely hope the some of the moneyed people listen to what the AIA says.  Make it good and loud.

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    Richard Bergmann FAIA
    Venice FL
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  • 18.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 16 days ago
    Good luck with the climate change resolution.  I hope it addresses the role architects can play advocating for and designing compact high density cities that are inherently more energy efficient than low density sprawl.  The environmental costs of low density cities are staggering.

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    Paul Ostergaard, FAIA, AoU

    Urban Design Associates









  • 19.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 16 days ago
    This morning (30 May) 17 winners of the RIBA Stirling Prize – including Foster + Partners, ZHA and Rogers Stirk Harbour – announced a call for practices across the UK to join them in declaring a 'climate emergency'. It comes weeks after the UK parliament became the first in the world to declare a climate emergency, one of the key demands of the environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion.

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    Richard Buday FAIA
    Archimage, Inc.
    Houston TX
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  • 20.  RE: AIA Resolution for Urgent and Sustained Climate Action

    Posted 18 days ago
    AIA's urgent and sustained climate action resolution must aim high, much higher than I suspect most architects will reach. As IPCC made brutally clear, carbon neutral will not prevent Earth ten years hence from slipping irretrievably into a downward spiral that ends in our Cretaceous past-a planet too warm to sustain life as we know it.

    Fifty years ago, the goal of carbon-neutral made sense. Not today. Today, there is only one target worth shooting at, only one hope (again, according to IPCC), and it's a Hail Mary pass: carbon negative buildings.

    True, carbon capture technology is only just emerging, but any floor resolution that does not demand architects strive for carbon negative design is, more or less, waving the flag of surrender to global warming.

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    Richard Buday FAIA
    Archimage, Inc.
    Houston TX
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