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Design Excellence and Climate Change | AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit + Bay Area Case Studies (1.5 HSWs)

A lunchtime presentation at the AIASF by the authors of the new AIA COTE® Top Ten Toolkit, followed by COTE® Top Ten project case studies presented by members of three award winning Bay Area architecture firms. Event is produced by the AIA San Francisco Committee on the Environment in collaboration with the PG&E Energy Training Centers.

11:30am - 12:00pm: Lunch & Networking

12:00pm - 1:30pm: Program

This event will be of interest to architects and engineers who prioritize the design of healthy, high performance, low-carbon projects.

Event Overview

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 releasedAIA 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.

Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will learn about the COTE® Top Ten Toolkit and how the best practices in this resource can be used to improve project performance within the purview of an architect.

  2. Attendees will learn 10 effective and easy to implement sustainable design strategies.

  3. Attendees will review case studies of projects where sustainable best practices were implemented.

  4. Attendees will learn where to find sustainable design best practices and ways to quantify their impacts.

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Ticket Pricing

  • AIA Members: $10

  • General Admissions: $15

  • AIASF Student Member: $5

A Live Webinar is available for those unable to attend the event in person.

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