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AIA Preps Green Building Toolkit



Following on a long-term goal announced in June that calls for all buildings to be designed carbon neutral by 2030, the American Institute of Architects will release a toolkit aimed at boosting the construction of green buildings.


Following on a long-term goal announced in June that calls for all buildings to be designed carbon neutral by 2030, the American Institute of Architects will release a toolkit aimed at boosting the construction of green buildings.

In June a resolution, based on the AIA position on sustainability, was unanimously passed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors that calls for increased reductions of ten percent every five years so that all buildings designed by the year 2030 will be carbon neutral – meaning that they will use no fossil fuel energy.

In order to assist cities that are interested in addressing similar challenges in their community, the AIA will be distributing a Green Building Tool Kit that includes:

• Case study examples of innovative city green building programs for both the residential and commercial sectors
• Economic and environmental benefits of green building strategies
• Steps to establish green building initiatives in local communities
• Samples of green building incentive programs
• Design solutions that improve overall building performance and minimize life-cycle environmental impact and cost
• Principles of what makes the most livable communities

The Green Building Tool Kit will also be available through AIA local components to be shared with mayors and planning officials across the country.

“The AIA is active at all levels of government to promote legislation, codes, appropriations, research and initiatives that support sustainable buildings and communities,” says Paul Mendelsohn, AIA senior director of state and local affairs. “Our work with the nation’s mayors has been extremely encouraging so far to raise awareness of these issues and we are now working in tandem to implement real-world design solutions at the community level.”

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