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Committee on the Environment (COTE)

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...


Lara Pfadt AIA / [email protected]
Beth Pearcy AIA / [email protected]

As an additional resource for working through the Massachusetts Energy Code, we recommend the “Decision Tree Matrix” developed by the Sustainable Design Leaders. The matrix is referenced through the Energy Code Presentation series, links to which can be found on the COTE and Codes Knowledge Community pages on the BSA website.

Cracking the Massachusetts Energy Codes - DiMella Shaffer

COTE: DOER Critical Stretch Code Series - Commercial Stretch + Opt-In

July 7, 2023

COTE: DOER: Critical Stretch Code Series, HERS Compliance Pathway

June 16, 2023

COTE: DOER: Critical Stretch Code Series, TEDI Compliance Pathway

April 28, 2023

COTE: Designing for Equitable Communities

April 19, 2023

COTE: DOER Critical Stretch Code Series—Existing Building Compliance

March 31, 2023

COTE: Implementing the Framework for Design Excellence

February 15, 2023

DOER: Critical Stretch Code Series

January 20, 2023

Berdo 2.0 - Boston's New Emission Performance Standard

May 18th, 2022

Material Selection Made Easy

March 16, 2022

MASS Design Group presents Seeking Abundance

February 16, 2022

COTE: Tools for Sustainable Design Analysis

January 19, 2022

Getting to Net Zero Now—11-21 Bromfield Street

November 17, 2021

Firm Sustainability Going From Emerging To Leading

October 27, 2021

Integrated Commitment to Research and Sustainability—MIT.NANO

September 29, 2021

Existing Building Design for Sustainability on a Budget

August 25, 2021

Electrification of the Built Environment

June 16, 2021

Sustainable Design Excursions—From Boston to China and Back

May 19, 2021

Decarbonizing Campus

April 21, 2021

Zero Carbon Future, The Next Generation of All-Wood Buildings

March 17, 2021

Quantifying Total Carbon for Smart Reuse

February 17, 2021

"It's all about the water..." Performative Urban Landscapes & Sites

January 20, 2021

Health & Wellness Certifications for a Post-COVID-19 Pandemic World

December 16, 2020

Critical Stewardship: designLAB's Hitchcock Center

November 18, 2020

Bold New Action to Curb Carbon

October 21, 2020

2030 Commitment: Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead

May 2020