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Sustainable Design

Architects Help Hawaii Lead the Way to Sustainability

Architects focus on design solutions to reduce collective environmental impacts: during the production of building components, during the construction process, as well as during the lifecycle of the building.

These design practices emphasize appropriate building siting, efficiency of heating and cooling systems, alternative energy sources such as passive solar, reused or recycled building materials, on-site power generation, and on-site waste management such as green roofs that filter and control storm water runoff.

AIA Architects design with sustainable living in mind.

Deep Energy Retrofits Guide Available

Deep Energy Retrofits is an emerging opportunity, An Architect’s Guide to the Energy Retrofit Market is a co-publication between AIA and Rocky Mountain Institute. The guide serves to introduce architects to the concept of deep energy retrofits, inform them of the significant business opportunity deep energy retrofits represent, educate them on the deep energy retrofit process and the architect’s role in it, and familiarize them with the financial tools and incentives needed to participate in this promising market sector.

Report on Green Building Incentives by AIA & NAC

In March 2012 the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Association of Counties (NAC) released a report titled Local Leaders in Sustainability - Green Building Incentives. This report finds that the most attractive incentives for greening American communities are also the most basic: tax incentives, density/floor area ratio bonuses and expedited permitting.

AIA Sustainability Guide

In August 2011 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) launched the Guide for Sustainable Projects that was developed to assist users of AIA Contract Documents in understanding contractual considerations unique to sustainable design and construction projects.

Unlocking the Value of an Energy Efficient Home

In August 2013 CNT Energy, National Home Performance Council created  study on energy efficiency in the real estate market titled A Blueprint to Make Energy Efficiency Improvements Visable in the Real Estate Market.

This study provides us with methods to document efficiency improvements and incorporate them into the real estate value chain. Making information about energy efficiency improvements visible to home buyers and others involved in a home sale transaction plays a big role in ensuring that improvements are fairly valued at time of a sale.

AIA Architects Leading the Environmental Evolution

Visit this comprehensive AIA Sustainable Design Resource Center, available for practitioners and the general public. It contains a wealth of online resources to facilitate better green design, and in doing so help reduce energy consumption in the built environment.  Help us make a better tomorrow.

AIA Honolulu Committee on the Environment (COTE)

The AIA Honolulu Comittee on the Environment (COTE) actively pursues issues and interests related to the energy and the enviroment.  Participation is open to all AIA Honolulu members including Allied Members.

The Green Challenge: SustAIAnability 2030

50 to 50 is a "how-to" resource toolkit intended to assist architects and the construction industry in moving toward the AIA’s public goal of a minimum 50 percent reduction of fossil fuel consumption in buildings by 2010 and carbon neutrality by 2030.

International Green Construction Code (IgCC)

The American Institute of Architects supports the development and adoption of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), which provides model code language for states and municipalities to establish baseline sustainable design requirements for new and existing buildings including but not limited to energy and water use efficiency; materials and resource use; indoor environmental quality; building impacts on the environment; site design; and sustainable building owner/facility management education.

USGBC, LEED & Center for Green Schools

USGBC & LEED:  The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit trade organization that helped developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).  The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) administers the accreditation program whereas the USGBC handles the development of the rating system and offers LEED-based educational programs.

Center for Green Schools:  USGBC launched the Center for Green Schools website to give community stakeholders—students, parents, teachers, school administrators, elected officials, and community members—a new resource that will enable them to join construction industry members “in the effort to ensure a future of green schools for every child within a generation.”

Recycle Composte & Reuse in Hawaii (Oahu)

Taking care of opala (Hawaiian word for garbage) is everyone's business.  Please do your part to put opala in its place.  It's our island, our home and our responsibility to protect the health and beauty of the environment.  Go to the links below if you need more information on how to recycle, composte or re-use on Oahu.

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