COTE Intensives

AIA Pittsburgh, a chapter of the American Institute of Architects, with its Committee on the Environment (COTE) is pleased to present a new series entitled COTE Intensives. These lectures/workshops are designed to dive deeply into various sustainability topics of interest. The topics are central and pertinent to the sustainability discussion and to developing this expertise, all with a critical blend of theory and practice.

Earn 4 LU/HSW Hours and 4.0 GBCI CE Units per session, or a total of 12 LU/HSW Hours and 12 GBCI CE Units!

Intensive I
The Business Case for High-Performance Design
Presenters: Dr. Robert Sroufe, Duquesne University, and Michael Carnahan, Scalo Solar

Thursday, February 12, 2015 – 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Point Park University, Student Center, room 701/701A, 330 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh
Take an extended look into financing strategies that allow sustainability and high performance design features to be evaluated and incorporated into projects.  The delivery cycle of design, construction and operation will be explored in order to lend perspective in prioritizing sustainability measures.  Financing structures, tax implications, depreciation, incentives, rating systems and renewable energy strategies will be covered by concepts in lecture as well as in regional and national case studies.

Intensive II
Managing Workflow: A Roadmap to High-Performance Design
Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. – Point Park University, Lawrence Hall Ballroom, 212 Wood Street, Pittsburgh
Presenters Mark Dietrick, Assoc. AIA, of Case Technologies; Rudy Marnich, AIA, and Richard Piacentini of Phipps Conservatory will discuss and identify the appropriate points in the design and construction process to introduce, select, and apply principles of integrated design in order to facilitate, drive, and manage challenging project sustainability goals. Tools and methods will be described, and case studies will include the recently completed Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes, which will achieve Living Building Challenge certification in addition to LEED Platinum and SITES Certifications.

Intensive III
Innovative Strategies for High-Performance Envelopes: Effective Design, Testing, and Inspection
Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., Build Pittsburgh 2015

Presented By: Lisa Adkins, AIA, of Gensler; Rob Hosken, Building Performance Architecture; Sanyog Rathod, AIA, Sol Design and Consulting; and Jeremy Snyder, P.E., BuroHappold

Developed by AIA Pittsburgh’s Committee On the Environment (COTE), this course will take an extended look into innovative strategies for high-performance envelopes that focus on effective design features and testing and inspection methods to be evaluated and incorporated into projects. This two-part course will present strategies and technical guidelines for designing environmentally sensitive energy-efficient facades based on scientific principles. Participants will gain insight into Pittsburgh’s newest skyscraper, PNC Tower 4, and the climate-specific approach implemented for minimized energy consumption.

This course will then focus on inspecting and testing building envelopes, interpreting results, understanding problems and making practical recommendations to correct those problems, and key steps in the successful creation of high-performance building envelopes, which reduce building energy use and improve occupant comfort. Participants will learn about building envelope testing and inspection practices for low-rise and mid-rise multifamily, commercial, and institutional buildings.

No need to have attended the first two Intensives. This course begins with basic educational information, moves to an intermediate level, and is geared to all firm sizes. Additionally, this course can be beneficial to all project types. The material will be drawn from multifamily residential projects, more than other types, and also will be beneficial to engineers, contractors, and other design/build professionals.

Pricing & Registration

Members: $100 per session or $250 for full package
Nonmembers: $120 per session $310 for the full package

Purchase the Full Package! In addition to the discounted price, a full package includes a complimentary admission to the Build Pittsburgh 2015 Reception and also includes 2 drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres.

Purchase Single Sessions:

Marc Mondor, AIA, LEED Faculty

Chair, COTE