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The Committee on the Environment (COTE®) is an AIA Knowledge Community working for architects, allied professionals, and the public to achieve climate action and climate justice through design. We believe that design excellence is the foundation of a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future. Our work promotes design strategies that empower all AIA members to realize the best social and environmental outcomes with the clients and the communities they serve.

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Starting a local COTE or sustainability group and need some guidance? Check out the AIA COTE Network Guide here.

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Founding partner: Building Green
Premier partners: Sherwin-Williams
Sustaining partners: GAF Roofing, Milliken, ROCKWOOL, Andersen Windows
Green partners: EPIC Metals, Compass Datacenters
Allied partners: TLC Engineering, Sierra Pacific Windows

  • 1.  Updating GSA's P100

    Posted 08-10-2023 04:06 PM
    As many architects on this list design GSA buildings and have intimate knowledge of P100, I would like to invite you to provide updates for the next version to be released in 2024.  GSA is the owner of 9 AIA COTE Top Ten Awarded buildings and would like to continue to push sustainable performance for an inventory that we expect to own for over 100+ years.  

    P100 is GSA's Facilities Standards and is used to set the performance and prescriptive requirements for GSA's owned inventory and certain lease-construct projects.  

    Please find attached the  P100 Change Proposal Form.  

    From August 1 through October 1, the form will be active and allow users to propose changes to the latest edition of P100 found at


    You may direct questions to 




    Lance Davis, FAIA, LEED Fellow, MSU Fellow
    Sustainability Architect & P100 Program Manager
    U.S. General Services Administration
    C  202-821-6482
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    Lance Davis FAIA
    GSA - Office of Design & Construction
    Edgewater MD
    Safety Assessment Program Evaluator Training 2023, December 6 and 7. Earn 6.5 LUs HSW