AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit: Phase 1 draft

06-18-2018 15:04

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The AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit executive summary

Limited access to high-quality, concise, and usable information is a major barrier to the universal adoption of sustainable design. 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.


Development process

The toolkit provides a meta-analysis of the top ten measures. While the measures themselves take the form of questions, patterns for addressing them begin to emerge from winning projects. The toolkit identifies some of the patterns and a talented team of subject matter experts curated the most relevant current resources to support them. 

This draft represents Phase 1 in the process: information is collected and prioritized within the measures. The next phase slated to be completed by 2018, will bring additional refinements and interactive tools. The intent is to keep the resource current and add to it over time. Ultimately, this feedback loop informs refinements to the fundamental measures themselves. Of course, with any effort of this breadth, stuff gets left out or missed entirely. The toolkit development team kindly requests your feedback.


Tate Walker, AIA, Project Co-Lead OPN Architects, Madison, Wisconsin, COTE Advisory Group
Corey Squire, AIA, Project Co-Lead Lake|Flato Architects, San Antonio, Texas, COTE Advisory Group
Anne Hicks Harney, FAIA, Long Green Specs, Baltimore, Maryland
Betsy del Monte, FAIA, Cameron MacAllister Group, Dallas, Texas
David Hincher, AIA, Kieran Timberlake, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Gunnar Hubbard, FAIA, Thornton Tomasetti, Portland, Maine, COTE Advisory Group
Helena Zambrano, AIA, Overland Partners, San Antonio, Texas
Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, Cameron MacAllister Group, St. Louis, Missouri, COTE Advisory Group
Stephanie Horowitz, AIA, ZeroEnergy Design, Boston, Massachusetts, COTE Advisory Group
Stephen Endy, AIA, Mahlum, Portland, Oregon
Vikram Sami, AIA, Olson Kundig, Seattle, Washington, COTE Advisory Group
Hannah Silver, GBD Architects, Portland Oregon
Z Smith, FAIA,
Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, New Orleans, Louisana

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08-31-2018 15:08

Came across this from BuildingGreen email. 
This is useful & thank you for creating.

08-10-2018 21:15

Really enjoying the toolkit, and looking forward to sharing with our Architectural clients! Useful for me as an engineer and consultant, since I'm not really in a position to develop my own recommendations for some of the more intangible sustainable design metrics. Can't wait for more. Keep up the great work!
Read through whole thing and it looks great.  Love the 'if you can only do one thing (or three)' and the light hearted tone.
A few comments (that are just comments, if they have already been discussed, disregard them!)
Pg 14-do you want to add AIA COTE's 'Habits of High Performing Firms'? (Lance)
Pg 16-other ideas: shared parking (day/night), shared vehicles (zipcar), using parking areas for other purposes, design with trees, pathways (pretend people will be there) and then when cars are not there people can use it.
Pg 20- 'turf grass has legitimate applications' Calif, even large sports fields do not have turf grass- they all use synthetic lawns- maybe there are some good synthetic alternatives that allow water to drain through them and are made with better materials?
Pg 23- OLIN  has a  book out regarding how to successfully plant on decks (over structure)  maybe a resource?
Pg 39- 2(c)- radiant heating and cooling (together) works well in dry climates (no condensation) more so than humid ones- we did this in Calif.
Pg 44- maybe #1 should be additives like flyash added to concrete? this is an easy, no cost thing to spec- not sure if it was discussed

Angie Brooks