Framework for Design Excellence

Inspiring sustainable, resilient, and inclusive design

Design is not just about aesthetic components, but how buildings perform for people. The Framework for Design Excellence is made up of 10 dimensions, formerly known as the COTE Top Ten. It organizes our thinking, facilitates conversations with our clients and the communities we serve, and sets meaningful goals and targets for climate action.

The tiles below provide an in-depth exploration of each dimension, including best practices, high impact strategies, resources, and case studies that promote climate action.

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