Committee on the Environment
Committee Chair: Gunnar Hubbard FAIA
Mission: The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. COTE serves as the community and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design and building science and performance.
Why: Architects are uniquely positioned to lead efforts to increase energy efficiency and incorporate renewables in the built environment through their work and as creative design problem-solvers. From establishing the project mass and orientation to incorporating passive lighting and ventilation strategies, architects make numerous decisions that are the key to reducing the energy consumption of building designs.
Take action: Get involved and be informed.