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Access recordings and documentation of past COTE workshops and lectures.

  • April 12, 2024

    COTE Meeting: Ambient Conditioning of Buildings

    Keith Sharp, ScD, PE, University of Louisville: Ambient energy from natural sources can provide heating, cooling, hot water, ventilation, daylighting, and cooking. It makes up 75% of building energy consumption and a third of US demand. Biophilic design can enhance human wellness and performance. Relying on electrification and energy efficiency measures will not meet climate goals, so we need to integrate ambient energy into building design.

  • March 8, 2024

    COTE Meeting: Exploring Tall Wood – New Code Provisions

    Laura Cullen, PE, Regional Director, WoodWorks: To provide a uniform set of code provisions for tall wood buildings, the International Code Council established an ad hoc committee on tall wood buildings that proposed a set of code changes allowing up to 18 stories of mass timber construction. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, this presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions and construction types, as well as the technical research and testing that supported their adoption.

  • February 16, 2024

    COTE Meeting: Tools and Tactics for Carbon Reduction

    Architect Justin Schwartzhoff has the tools and expertise on mitigating the global carbon impact created by buildings and is giving a hands-on talk on how to achieve this. Justin will also talk about how to grow in effectiveness the Carbon Leadership Forum Hub Atlanta Chapter.

  • January 19, 2024

    COTE Meeting: ASLA’s Climate Action Plan Overview

    ASLA has released the Climate Action Plan, with the ambitious goal of making landscape architecture projects and practices zero emission by 2040. What does this mean? How can we get there? In this presentation and discussion, Founder of Bishop Land Design, Scott Bishop, ASLA — one of the authors of the ASLA Climate Action Plan — explains the plan’s essential pieces.

  • April 14, 2023

    COTE Meeting: Embodied Carbon: The Next Frontier in High-Performance Building

    Victor Olgyay, FAIA shares specific ways that architects can use embodied carbon criteria for designing high-performance buildings at little to no cost premium using simple, market-ready solutions and best practices.

  • November 11, 2022

    COTE Meeting: Kendeda Building – Lessons Learned Since LBC Certification

    On April 22, 2021, the Kendeda Building was officially designated as the first Living Building in Georgia and one of only 28 in the world. Hear from the Director of the Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, Shan Arora, as he shares insights and lessons learned over the past 18 months since the Kendeda Building was certified. Topics include the building’s energy and water performance, the building envelope, and the data collected that can influence future building designs.

  • October 21, 2022

    COTE Meeting: Ending Climate Change – A Discussion with Bill McKibben

    This course provides a comprehensive review of how best to arrest climate change. The objectives are based on the core principles and objectives of was founded in 2008 by a group of university friends in the United States and author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public. The goal was to build a global climate movement. 350 was named after 350 parts per million — the safe concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

  • August 12, 2022

    COTE Meeting: Discovering Sustainable Site Design

    Presented by Lord Aeck Sargent, this session covers broad concepts related to understanding and implementing Sustainable SITES to provide a framework for promoting sustainable site planning and design for all project types, scales, and budgets.

  • July 8, 2022

    COTE Meeting: Embodied Carbon and MEP 2040 Challenge

    To address the impact of the built environment on climate change, systems engineers have a critical role to play in both operational and embodied carbon and need to embrace a whole-life carbon approach to MEP design. While low operational carbon and passive design measures have been a target for some time, setting low embodied carbon targets for systems is quite new.

    As a result, in April 2021, Integral collaborated with the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) systems engineering and designer members to discuss how to galvanize MEP design firms and systems manufacturers to reduce embodied carbon in their projects and products radically. The group was inspired by the Structural Engineering Institute’s SE 2050 Challenge.

    Watch this session to learn more about what the commitment entails and how you can inspire your clients and colleagues in the built environment to sign on to this commitment.

  • June 17, 2022

    COTE Meeting: Developing a Sustainability Action Plan and Environmental Policy for Your Firm

    The session addresses how to develop a Sustainability Action Plan for the firm – a requirement of the AIA 2030 Commitment to combat climate change – which lays out short-, medium- and long-term goals for integrating best sustainability practices within the office, concerning both people and projects.

  • May 13, 2022

    COTE Meeting: The Atlanta BeltLine – Its Past and Future To Be

    The Atlanta BeltLine is connecting up Atlanta’s neighborhoods and implementing innovative urban environmental sustainability in architecture, landscaping, and engineering design along its 22 miles of new construction. Join Kevin Burke, Director of Design for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), as he reviews the progress and outcomes from the first 16 years of ABI’s transformative project.

  • April 21, 2022

    2030 Commitment Workshop Follow-up Document and Resources

    COTE hosted a workshop on the 2030 Challenge to help demystify the AIA 2030 Commitment hurdles and highlight the rewards firms have had since signing up.