AIA Releases Sustainabile Design Tool Kit


The American Institute of Architects recently released a new tool kit that aims to help those tasked with designing sustainable buildings.

Defined from patterns identified through its COTE Top Ten Awards Program—which focuses on sustainable design excellence in the industry—the AIA released a COTE Top Ten Toolkit, which it says can be used as a framework to guide design for all different types of projects.

“The intent is to keep this resource current and to add to it over time,” according to the AIA. “Ultimately, this feedback loop informs refinements to the fundamental measures themselves. Your feedback is incredibly helpful for continuously improving the resource.”

The Top 10 is divided into categories that include:

  • Design for Integration – Looks at the idea behind the project, how sustainability informs the design concept;
  • Design for Community – Looks at how community members inside and outside the building benefit from the project;
  • Design for Ecology – Looks at the larger ecosystem within which the project is located;
  • Design for Water – Looks at how the project uses water and rainfall;
  • Design for Economy – Looks at cost-effectiveness and economic performance;
  • Design for Energy – Looks at energy from renewable sources and carbon impact;
  • Design for Wellness – Looks at how the design supports the comfort and health of the people who inhabit or visit the building;
  • Design for Resources – Looks at the selection of materials and products used in the project;
  • Design for Change – Looks at how the project can be adapted for other uses; and
  • Design for Discovery – Looks at post-occupancy evaluation and performance expectations.

In addition to divvying up the categories, the AIA has also released a Toolkit spread sheet.


Tagged categories: American Institute of Architects (AIA); Documentation; Good Technical Practice; North America; Sustainability

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