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The mission of the AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx) is to advance the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms. The objectives of the AIA SFx are three-fold:

     1. Advocate the value of small firms, the national SFx, and local
         SFx groups, both within the AIA and to the public.
     2. Curate and disseminate the most pertinent resources and
         information, from the AIA & elsewhere, that benefit small firms.

     3. Inform the AIA of current issues facing small firms and areas
         in which current resources/information are lacking.


Approximately 75% of all firms within the AIA are small firms (10 employees or less), which equates to 14,288 small firms within the organization. 

~25% = sole practitioners = 4,750

~35% = 1-5 employees = 6,650

~15% = 5-10 employees = 2,850

We need to find ways to leverage that size for collaboration and influence, just like the individual large firms do.

Be sure to "Join our Community" !  This will ensure that you're a part of our mailing list and receive our quarterly newsletter and important small firm information.

performance based targets in new construction / webinar on 2/11, 1pm ET

  • 1.  performance based targets in new construction / webinar on 2/11, 1pm ET

    Posted 01-25-2021 02:25 PM

    performance based targets in new construction / webinar on 2/11, 1pm ET

    Performance-based Targets for Commercial New Construction: The Building Owner's Perspective

    Register here!

    This webinar will explore the growing trend of building owners and developers moving toward performance-based energy metrics for new construction and major renovation projects to achieve superior performing buildings. It will highlight how an integrative process-through all project phases and involving all building stakeholders-can reduce costs and streamline decision making.  

    • EPA will present the lifecycle approach using ENERGY STAR metrics and tools to set design energy targets that inform operational performance, and discuss lessons learned from analysis of ENERGY STAR certifications for design energy and actual performance.
    • Slipstream will share experience in designing and implementing performance-based procurement programs through utility energy efficiency offerings as well as best-practices for selecting targets and adapting the process for various building types and owners/developers. 
    • Mayo Clinic will discuss how they leveraged an energy use intensity target to select design strategies from competing proposals, the design team's RFP, contractor selection process, and drafting contract language.  They will share how this approach helped to balance aesthetics, performance, and budget, while maximizing the energy performance of the facility and meeting occupants' needs. 


    Speakers:
    • Karen P. Butler, EPA
    • Brett Gorden, PE, MBA, Section Head - Facilities Management, Mayo Clinic
    • Lee Shaver, Energy Engineer, Slipstream
    • Travis Michalke, PE, Senior Managing Consultant, Building Energy Analytics, ICF

    Attend this webinar if you're interested in:
    • Performance-based energy targets
    • New construction
    • Energy use intensity



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    Kira Gould
    Principal
    Kira Gould CONNECT
    Oakland CA
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