Sustainability

AIA empowers architects to design a world that allows people, communities, and our planet to thrive

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The Chatham University Eden Hall Campus IS A 2017 COTE TOP TEN RECIPIENT.

Why is sustainability important?

Sustainability is a key element of the architecture profession’s approach to design in the 21st century as it tackles the compounding global challenges of resource availability, water quality and increasing pollution. It is part of an architect’s approach to protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.  Community sustainability goals are fulfilled in large part by an architect’s ability to create practical solutions to the challenges posed by climate change, population growth and the pursuit of more connected, healthier communities.

AIA's commitment to sustainability

We have a long history promoting sustainability in architecture. From the publication of Environmental Design: Research and Practice in 1971 to the creation of the Committee on the Environment, COTE, in 1990 and connections to the Historic Resources Committee established in 1857, the Institute has long been a leader in sustainable design. Our commitment to a better built environment continues in our current programs and planning for what’s to come.

Social impact

Addressing global climate change through AIA’s 2030 Commitment

As the world's urban population grows, American architects must expand their influence and preach the value of a performance-based design process.

Resilience

Hazard mitigation design resources

Discover resources that can support hazard risk reduction development, design, and construction choices.

Featured Project

Norton Sound Regional Hospital

This medical and wellness center in northwest Alaska integrates state-of-the-art medical technology within a calming, culturally relevant environment.

2017 COTE Top Ten

See this year’s recipients of the COTE Top Ten Award, the industry’s premier program celebrating sustainable design excellence.

Design & Health Research Consortium

Members of the AIA Design & Health Research Consortium are expected to improve the usefulness and quality of research linking design to health outcomes through deliberative partnership with other entities.

Materials

What all architects need to know about materials transparency

The AIA has produced a white paper, created by materials specialists but aimed at all architects, that emphasizes the necessity for materials transparency.

Report

AIA 2030 Commitment By the Numbers

An overview of the progress that projects and firms are making towards greater energy efficiency and the profession's 2030 targets.

Disaster Assistance Handbook

The third edition of this handbook will help you understand your role in preparing for and responding to disasters.

Sustainability

Nearly 800 architecture firms call on EPA to preserve key design programs

Letter sent to Administrator Pruitt makes business case against EPA cuts

Energy

Driving client value and cost savings through energy modeling

Energy modeling can be used to find the most cost-effective options for the design of both passive and active systems, making tradeoffs to achieve cost savings.

Materials Matter

Where we stand: climate change

AIA asserts that architects play a vital role in combating climate change. We accept these challenges. We call on policymakers to join with us in this effort, and we uphold the following principles.

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