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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.