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Regulation of the construction industry shapes the built environment. As stakeholders, architects must participate in the development and application of appropriate regulations and standards.

Supporting Position Statement 22: Building Codes and Standards

The AIA supports regulation by a single set of comprehensive, coordinated, and contemporary codes and standards, which establish sound threshold values of health, safety, and the protection of the public welfare throughout the United States. To that end, the AIA espouses the development and adoption of model building codes that:

    • Include participation by architects and the public in a consensus process;

    • Are the product of informed education and research;

    • Are without favoritism or bias to any special interest;

    • Include provision for a prompt appeals procedure for all that might be aggrieved;

    • Are cost-effective in relation to public benefit; and

    • Promote building code provisions that set performance rather than prescriptive criteria.

(approved December 2011)

Supporting Position Statement 23: Building Permits

The AIA supports governmental policies, regulatory procedures, and administration that eliminate unnecessary time delays in the construction permitting process.

(approved May 2011)

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The creation and operation of the built environment require an investment of the earth’s resources. Architects must be environmentally responsible and advocate for the sustainable use of those resources.

Supporting Position Statement 41:

Energy and the Built Environment

The AIA supports governmental policies, programs, and incentives to encourage energy conservation as it relates to the built environment as well as aggressive development and harvesting of energy from renewable sources. Architects are encouraged to promote energy efficiency and waste reduction in the built environment, encourage energy-conscious design and technology, plus support a national program for more efficient use and recycling of non-renewable resources and carbon-neutral design strategies.

(approved December 2009)

Supporting Position Statement: 42:Sustainable Built Environment

The AIA supports governmental and private sector policy programs, and incentives to encourage a built environment that embodies the advantages of sustainable architecture.

(approved December 2011)

Supporting Position Statement 43: Sustainable Architectural Practice

The AlA recognizes a growing body of evidence that demonstrates current planning, design, construction, and real estate practices contribute to patterns of resource consumption that will inhibit the sustainable future of the Earth. Architects, as the leaders in design of the built environment, are responsible to act as stewards of the Earth. Consequently, we encourage communities to join with us to take the leadership to change the course of the planet's future and support legislative and regulatory strategies that implement sustainable design practices to advance the goal of achieving carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030.

(under review to May 2012)

Supporting Position Statement 44: Sustainable Building Codes, Standards, and Rating Systems

The AIA supports the development, evaluation, and use of codes, standards and evidence-based rating systems that promote the design, preservation, and construction of sustainable communities and high performance buildings.

(approved December 2009)


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