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Guidelines for Developing AIA CES Sustainable Design Courses

Please Note: Recognizing that sustainable design practices have become a mainstream design intention in the architectural community, the Board of Directors has voted to allow the sustainable design education requirement to sunset at the end of calendar year 2012. AIA members will no longer need to complete the sustainable design requirement to fulfill their AIA continuing education.  For 2013, AIA members are required to satisfy a minimum of 18 LUs per year. Of this total, 12 must meet the Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) criteria.

*Sustainable design courses will now be listed as LU/HSW credits.

Sustainability and Sustainable Design Defined

Sustainability is the concept of meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Sustainable design is achieved through an integrated design and delivery process that enhances the natural and built environment by using energy sensibly with a goal toward carbon neutrality, improves air and water quality, protects and preserves water and other resources, and creates environments, communities and buildings that are livable, comfortable, productive, diverse, safe and beautiful to stir our imagination.

Sustainable Design

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