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The AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE®) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. Expand your positive impact: Engage in our advocacy efforts. Enjoy our last newsletter (and follow us on Twitter). To learn about the Framework for Design Excellence (formerly the COTE Top Ten Measures), click here >

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Presenting sponsor: GAF Roofing 

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Green sponsors: AutodeskEPIC MetalsHKS, BPKC, ROCKWOOL, WRNSSkanska,
Allied sponsors: BNIM, Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, LMN David Baker Architects   

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GAF x COTE: Looking at the Future

This 2019 video was compiled by GAF, a COTE sponsor. 

design excellence in the era of climate: learn about the AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit + Bay Area Case Studies, an AIA SF COTE event on 3/14

  • 1.  design excellence in the era of climate: learn about the AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit + Bay Area Case Studies, an AIA SF COTE event on 3/14

    Posted 02-19-2019 11:39
    Join us -- in person in San Francisco or via webinar -- for

    Design Excellence and Climate Change:
    The AIA COTE Top Ten Toolkit and Bay Area Case Studies
    March 14, 2019
    (1.5 HSWs).

    Tate Walker, AIA; Corey Squire, AIA; Marsha Maytum, FAIA; Brad Jacobson, AIA; Susi Marzuola, AIA

    register: in-person event (1130-130pm PT) or the webinar
     (12-130pm PT)

    Climate change is the fundamental design problem of our time, and architects need the skills to help make beautiful, resilient, high performing buildings. However, limited access to quality information that is both usable and concise is a major barrier to the universal adoption of sustainable design. The recently released AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit seeks to close this information gap and make sustainable design strategies accessible to all architects through a framework that can guide the design of any project - large or small, budget high or low, located in Schenectady or San Diego. The Toolkit identifies patterns that emerge in projects that achieve both design excellence and exceptional performance, and includes a variety of high-impact, low-cost strategies that can elevate the quality and outcomes of any project.

    This lunchtime event begins with an overview of The Toolkit and its accompanying Super Spreadsheet, by co-authors Tate Walker, AIA and Corey Squire, AIA. They will be followed by case study presentations from three Bay Area COTE® Top Ten award winners: EHDD, LMS Architects and Siegel & Strain Architects, whose projects reflect a diversity of project scale, type and practice size. The presenters will discuss their integrative design process and lessons learned, followed by a Q&A session with all the presenters.

    Event is produced by the AIA San Francisco Committee on the Environment in collaboration with the PG&E Energy Training Centers.

    Kira Gould
    Kira Gould CONNECT
    Oakland CA