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Sustainable design is at hand. This BSA committee covers green building, construction and operation practices and methods.

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AIA Committee on the Environment Knowledge Community
The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design...

The 2016 white paper information can be found here.

Committee Chairs
Blake Jackson AIA / blake.jackson@stantec.com
Steven L. Burke, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, AP O+M / sburke@consigli.com
The Committee on the Environment is part of the Building Technologies Commission.

Upcoming Events

October 18, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A Comparison of Health-Focused Rating Systems: WELL and Fitwel

There is an increasing interest around how the built environment impacts our health, and the design community is becoming much more proactive about incorporating evidence-based approaches to better impact occupant health and well-being. Two new ratings systems, WELL and Fitwel, have recently emerged upon the marketplace with the same goal in mind - to promote better health outcomes through better, measurable design; however, these systems, while similar, are very unique in their approach, certification process, etc.

This presentation will give a brief introduction to both systems, pointing out where they complement other ratings systems like LEEDv4, where they synergize, and where they diverge in order to help the audience understand where each can be employed - in tandem or standalone - to promote better health outcomes in the built environment, as well as to meet the health and wellness goals of their clients and projects moving forward.

For those who qualify, 2 LU/HSWs are available.

Updates

Presentation PDF from March 15, 2017 available for download here
AIA + 2030 Professional Series   What 2012 attendees are saying: "It was refreshing to attend a course which was...
Thank you for taking the extraordinary step of signing the AIA 2030 Commitment. The next step is to aggregate data from...
The following individuals are running for leadership positions for COTE and will help lead a discussion of the future of BSA...
Presentation PDF from 07.08.2015 available for download here
On June 19th a Forum on Sustainable Public Policy was held at BSA Space, jointly sponsored by USGBC/MA and AIA Massachusetts...
AIA 2030 Commitment In 2013, BSA COTE members aggregated and analyzed anonymous data from participating Boston-area firms....
Many firms have taken the extraordinary step of signing the AIA 2030 Commitment. The Boston Society of Architects Committee...

Past Events

October 3, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Climate Ready Boston: Rise Up! Workshop

Climate Ready Boston is the City of Boston’s flagship climate mitigation and adaptation strategy.
This workshop will specifically point to projected climate impacts, explore adaptation strategies, and lead attendees in developing effective skills in preparing for those impacts within their own communities. Feedback from the workshop will be shared with the City for use in shaping strategies for strengthening Boston’s climate resiliency.
BSA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the Committee on Resilient Environments (CORE) co-present this workshop as part of the Climate Ready Boston Leaders program.

For those who qualify, 2 LU/HSWs are available.

To learn more about the Committee on Resilient Environments, visit architects.org/committees/committee-resilient-environments-core

September 20, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Living Building Challenge in Massachusetts: Lessons Learned from Hampshire College The R.W. Kern Center is the gateway to Hampshire College and...
June 21, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Battle for Wellness Dominance: WELL vs. Fitwel There is an increasing interest around how the built environment impacts our health, and the...
April 19, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Right Light at the Right Time: Redesigning light for alertness, sleep and health The newly-discovered relationships of light to the health and...
March 15, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Social Justice and the Built Environment: What we see | Who we hear | What we say What role do architects and designers have in upholding human...
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