Committee on the Environment (COTE)
The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. COTE serves as the community and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design and building science and performance.
Meets: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:00 pm
AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
In this program, Raymond Cole, Ph.D will discuss the necessary shift in building design from an approach that seeks to minimize harming the environment to one that can offer social and ecological benefits. The session will examine the underlying thinking that has generated and shaped current assessment tools and consider their ability to create fundamental and widespread change. Dr Cole will discuss how new approaches to design, and the tools that support them, must be preceded by new ways ...
Since the 1990s, the construction industry has learned to create very efficient buildings, with many LEED-certified buildings achieving a 40-50% reduction in energy consumption in comparison to benchmarks. Sustainability standards continue to be raised by efforts including the 2030 Challenge and the Living Building Challenge (LBC) that target zero net energy and zero carbon impact. LBC anticipates regenerative design, an emerging focus of sustainable design that examines the relationship between the human footprint and natural systems. Regenerative design, which applies ...
This presentation is the first in a series sponsored by the AIASF’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) that introduces architects and engineers to the basic goals, opportunities and strategies of the AIA’s 2030 Commitment, an initiative that encourages architects and their design teams to pursue energy-saving design strategies in all of their projects. The Commitment asks architects to track and report anticipated building energy use during the design phase, with the goal of helping firms develop design strategies ...
AIA SF's Committee on the Environment (COTE) is happy to present a dynamic conversation on the future of potable and nonpotable water in the San Francisco Bay Area. We have asked four forward thinkers to share their vision of water reuse and conservation, to describe the possible future of water reuse, and to offer insight on the pragmatic public policy reform and public education necessary to bring their innovative visions into fruition.
- The current water consumption needs ...