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  • January 24 Webinar: Architecture 2030 ZERO Code

    Thursday, January 24, 2019 | 2:30pm–4:00pm EST

    Earn 1.5 AIA HSW LUs with this course (#AIACES012419)




    We are currently undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in human history. By 2060, the world is projected to add 2.5 trillion sq ft of buildings, or an area equal to the entire current global building stock. This is the equivalent of adding an entire New York City to the planet every 34 days for the next 40 years. Improvements in building energy efficiency and growth in renewable energy generating capacity have not been nearly enough to offset the increase in emissions from new construction.

    This seminar explains the details of the Architecture 2030 ZERO Code – a zero net carbon building standard – and how to use it. The ZERO Code requires a minimum level of energy efficiency based on Standard 90.1-2016 and then requires the installation on-site renewable energy or procurement of off-site renewable energy in an amount needed to achieve zero net carbon. The ZERO Code is supported by a website where the code and supporting documents can be downloaded along with an energy calculator that can be used to estimate building energy use and evaluate the potential for on-site photovoltaic systems. For tall buildings and those with limited solar access, the ZERO Code recognizes multiple methods for procuring off-site renewable energy, including community solar, virtual power purchase agreements, directly-owned off-site systems, and green tariffs.


    1. Design buildings that comply with minimum energy efficiency and renewable energy requirements of the ZERO Code.
    2. Explain to clients the importance of the ZERO Code and how complying buildings will help mitigate global warming and climate change.
    3. Use the Architecture 2030 energy calculators to estimate building energy use and assess the potential for on-site photovoltaic systems.
    4. Investigate viable options for off-site procurement of renewable energy and make client recommendations.


    • Edward Mazria, FAIA, Hon. FRAIC -- Founder & CEO, Architecture 2030
    • Charles Eley, FAIA, PE -- Eley Consulting
    • Vincent Martinez -- COO, Architecture 2030
  • December 12 Webinar: The Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS)

    Join Dale Thomure with ISO for this webinar on Wednesday, December 12, 2pm-3pm EST. AIA members can earn 1.0 AIA HSW LUs.

    The Insurance Services Office (ISO) Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) is used by the ISO to evaluate how communities enforce their construction codes through plan reviews and field inspections. This course covers the background and application of the BCEGS program and its influence on the local fire and building codes where you practice. It includes a review of the history of insurance rating programs, the key criteria used in the ISO evaluation process, and the overall impact of the classification in the insurance industry and in the government sector. The presentation will also address the national trends in building code enforcement and barriers that are in place related to the application of codes and standards. Finally, we’ll cover use of the BCEGS classification data and other building code enforcement data by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and various grants and programs

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  • By Christopher E. Chwedyk, AIA , Nov 26, 2018 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is informing state and local jurisdictions that it is critical to adopt Appendix H along with the recently released 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ...