AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit: View phase 1 draft and provide feedback!

COTE is developing this toolkit is a resource, accessible to all architects, that closes the information gap to designing high performing, equitable, beautiful buildings. It is designed to provide relevant, general guidance to architects incorporating deep green principles from the beginning of every project. View & provide feedback >

Congratulations to the 2018 COTE Award recipients!

The COTE Top Ten  and COTE Top Ten for Students Award programs highlight projects that exemplify the integration of great design and great performance. Submissions are required to demonstrate how the project aligns with COTE’s rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. This year’s recipients will be honored at the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City.

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View the 2018 COTE Top Ten for Students: INNOVATION 2030 recipients >

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The ZERO Code is Architecture 2030's national and international building energy standard for new building construction that integrates cost-effective energy efficiency standards with on-site and/or off-site renewable energy, resulting in zero-net-carbon buildings.
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COTE Resources

AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit: View phase 1 draft and provide feedback!
The COTE Top Ten Toolkit is a resource, accessible to all architects, that closes the information gap to designing high performing, equitable, beautiful buildings. The toolkit is designed to provide relevant, general guidance to architects incorporating deep green principles from the beginning of every project. Learn more >

Video: Demystifying the COTE Top Ten Awards
What does it take to enter COTE Top Ten? Hear from two firms with successful track records in the program. They will share insight into processes and documentation that support a successful COTE Top Ten submission. Watch the recording >

COTE Top Ten Measures of Design: A tool for your firm

Our Top Ten Measures are not just criteria for awarding projects, but an open-ended framework for defining design excellence.
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Carbon Leadership Forum Life Cycle Assessment guideline specification 
These provide sample verbiage for LCA requirements for the following sections: Concrete Reinforcing, Post Tensioning, Concrete, Masonry, Structural Steel, Steel Decking, Cold Formed Metal and Rough Carpentry.

Report:The Habits of High-Performance Firms

Architect’s guide to integrating energy modeling in the design process

Report:Lessons from the Leading Edge

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

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 and 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 Top Ten Call for Entries and Measures of Sustainable Design

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: Project Delivery and Cost Management Strategies for High-Performance Buildings
Sara Tepfer, M. Arch, AIA/AIAS 2013 COTE Scholar

AIA 2030 Commitment Case Studies: Studying the Experience of Participant Firms
Megan Turner, AIA/AIAS 2012 COTE Scholar

Deep Green Renovation: Broad Scale Strategies for Achieving Deep Energy Savings in Existing Buildings
Catharine Killien, AIA/AIAS 2011 COTE Scholar

Low Carbon Communities: An Analysis of the State of Low-Carbon Community Design
Tyler Blazer, AIA/AIAS 2010 COTE Scholar

Performance by Design: An Energy Analysis of AIA/COTE Top Ten Projects
Nathan Brown, AIA/AIAS 2009 COTE Scholar

Hydrology & Water Conservation
Brad Zuger, M. Arch, AIA/AIAS 2008 COTE Scholar

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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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