Redefining Sustainable Design: The New AIA COTE Measures

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) is the oldest U.S. program dedicated to sustainable design. In 1997, COTE introduced its annual Top Ten Awards, “the profession's best known recognition program for sustainable design excellence” (AIA), to celebrate exemplary projects and give the industry guidance on how to integrate green building principles. In 2015, to mark its 25th anniversary, COTE embarked on a landmark research initiative to study the first two decades of Top Ten, published in 2016 as Lessons from the Leading Edge. Part of the research was to revisit the program’s criteria of evaluation, known as the COTE Measures of Sustainable Design. The result of this effort was to overhaul the program with a completely new set of principles and metrics. The 2017 Top Ten Awards are the first year to use new criteria such as economic impact and more robust metrics for health and resilience. In this presentation, three members of the COTE Advisory Group will present the new criteria and engage the audience in a lively discussion about what defines sustainable design.

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A Model Zoning Code for Resilient Communities

This course will provide learners with an understanding of how land use codes impact resiliency through barriers and incentives. It will help you gain an understanding of the positive impact on health and productivity from codes promoting resiliency, review case studies detailing principals of natural ventilation, daylighting and onsite energy production.

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The Built Environment Transformed: Circular Models in Action

Successful partnerships, such as that of Staples, Davies Office and RIT, are mobilizing market transformation for more healthy, sustainable built environments through circular business models. Leaders from RIT, Staples, and Davies Office discuss strategy and implementation tactics for bringing remanufactured office furniture into the mainstream B2B commercial interiors market.

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Biophilic Design Interactive: Research Tools & Tech

It takes an average of 17 years for research evidence to become practice. How can we change this paradigm to more rapidly understand and share effective examples of biophilic design? Interactive activities will ensure participants learn from, contribute to, and engage with Biophilic Design to help achieve broader adoption.

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Get More Green: Research Links Energy Efficiency & Profits

This session will explore research aiming to analyze potential links between green buildings and financial performance in commercial real estate. Experts from UNC Chapel Hill, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Principal Real Estate Investors will discuss research challenges, data matching and aggregation efforts, and insights from recent studies.

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Material Transparency – Positive Revelations

How do you prioritize your healthy and environmental building goals and make better building material decisions?” Let’s get positive - with 10 positive actions that you can take to optimize products right now.

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Black(water) is the New H20 – Water Re-use Emerging Trends

Blackwater re-use pioneers share lessons learned on accelerating projects. Perspectives from architecture, planner, & design engineer efforts, Stanford's new demo center, & low-energy emerging tech.

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Strategy and technology for monitoring performance and IEQ

Health and well-being has emerged as a critical performance dimension for green buildings. Today, practitioners are working to protect occupants from outdoor pollution, enhance cognitive performance, and provide comfort for occupants. Moving forward, we need match these intentions with measured outcomes using a new generation of tools.

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Trending Strategies for Universal Design

Universal Design has broadened to address aspects of inclusion, health, and social equity, while continuing to champion smart design for people with disabilities. The panelists will discuss innovative approaches to practicing Universal Design that are simple, smart, and intuitive design concepts to create better environments for all building occupants.

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Biophilic Urban Acupuncture

As our cities expand and densify simultaneously, there is a need to design places to connect people to nature. This session articulates the need for biophilic interventions in urban places, offers good examples found in NYC and Phoenix, and suggests solutions you can take now to help in your city.

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