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Information Modeling’s Role in Sustainable Design Decisions

A technical presentation

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6pm
Please RSVP by April 24 for wine and cheese counts

1.5 CES LUs

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Site Information Modeling (SIM) applications provide us with the necessary tools to carry out well-designed and well-planned projects that save both time and money. These same BIM and SIM tools can also be used to help make informed decisions and create responsible, sustainable designs. This presentation will look at case studies of both architecture and landscape architecture projects that utilized intelligent BIM objects and tools to achieve low-impact, sustainable designs.

About the Presenter:
David DenglerAs a Regional Account Manager, David Dengler promotes the Vectorworks brand through consultative sales, marketing, promotion, education, and outreach across California. He also conducts CEU presentations and enables educational institutions to bring the Vectorworks platform into their classrooms. David is well suited for the task because he possesses extensive CAD software experience, including first-hand knowledge of Vectorworks software and its rendering capabilities. Before joining Vectorworks Inc. in 2013, David was a designer with Adler Display. Prior to that, he founded his own company and developed apps for iPhone/iPad. He has worked as a project designer/manager with various architectural firms in California for over 15 years where he completed both residential and commercial projects. He holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of Information Modeling and how it can be used for both building and site design.
  • Learn how designers can use building information modeling software to make informed design decision to help achieve their project’s sustainability goals.
  • Discover what tools are available to understand the outcome of design decision such as building orientation and material selection.
  • See how designers are achieving success with intelligent tools and applications through a number of case studies.

Design Tour: Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
4:30-6pm
Location: 2530 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA
Cost: $5 AIA Members / $10 Guests
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

Join AIA East Bay for a tour of COTE Top Ten Winner, Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. Designed by Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, this project was conceived by the College of Engineering as an interdisciplinary hub for students and teachers from across the university who work at the intersection of design and technology.

Founded on the conviction that design can help address some of society’s most pressing challenges, the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley, is devoted to introducing sustainable design innovation at the center of engineering education and university life. It is designed as both a collaborative, project-based educational space and a symbol to the region of the University’s commitment to sustainable innovation.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will…

  1.  See demonstrations of collaboration in built form; a campus-wide design competition for wall and ceiling finish panels.
  2. Learn about designing educational spaces for both flexibility and performance.
  3. See how to incorporate architectural expressions of green principles for all to see and experience.
  4. Learn how to design and build an institutional building in two years; Learn a delivery method with fast-track scheduling and select design-build trades.

The Arc House: A Small Miracle in Housing

a Small Firm Forum

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Noon-1:30pm
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests
BYO Lunch
Please click here to RSVP so we have a proper headcount.

1.5 CES/HSW LUs

What’s Net Zero, fire-resistant, self-sufficient, factory-built, has cutting edge technology, uses recycled and green materials, is economic, reuses grey water, harvests rain water and is SIMPLY STUNNING?  The Arc House! Built to the standards of California factory housing, these incredible 400 – 500 square foot houses live like a space twice as large. It starts with a 10 foot exposed arch beam ceiling, with flexible built-ins everywhere, and virtually, an all glass wall on the open side which brings the outside in; the effect is dramatic!

Hear the designer, Jim Gregory of Shelter Dynamics, share how The Arc House was conceived, brought to life and how it functions.archhouse

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, attendees will…

1. Learn how photovoltaic panels plus battery back-up can power the home 24 hours a day.

2. Learn how rain water is harvested and grey water is recycled on a small scale.

3. Gain an understanding of at least three energy-conserving elements of a small home.

4. See at least two space-saving innovations in boat design that can be used in small homes.

Sustainable Design Excellence, a Monthly Program

Thursday, June 9, 2016
5:30pm
Early-bird registration (before 6pm, Wednesday, June 8): Free AIA members & employees of chapter member firms / $10 Guests
Reg starting 6pm June 8: $10 AIA members & employees of chapter member firms; $15 Guests
At-the-door: $20 all
Click here to register.

1.5 CES LUs

Sustainability and architectural design now go hand-in-hand thanks to Cal Green; how do projects exceed building code expectations to become sustainable design award winning projects? COTE Top 10 winner Marsha Maytum, FAIA joins 2016 jurors Anne Fougeron, FAIA and Larry Strain, FAIA to discuss a variety of issues around sustainable design excellence, including:

  • In today’s context, can architectural design be excellent if it’s not sustainable?
  • How are the majority of winning projects integrating sustainability into design, and is it seamless?
  • How do firms like Leddy Maytum Stacy, Siegel & Strain Architects, and Fougeron Architecture integrate and track sustainable design in the design process?
  • What do clients value in sustainable design, and how can architects show long-term value to clients when discussing sustainability throughout the scope of the project?

Our speakers will also share lessons learned and and insights on what not to do when submitting projects for design awards. A wine and cheese reception is included with the program.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, attendees will…

  1. Be able to state at least two sustainable design elements that are seen in most COTE Top 10 award-winning projects.
  2. Be able to state at least two aspects of sustainable design in which the return-on-investment is valuable to most clients.
  3. Be able to give examples of seamless integration of sustainable elements in award-winning projects.
  4. Be able to state new approaches to sustainability not common to most projects.

Lessons From AIA Awards for Sustainable Design Excellence

In order to examine how the architectural community is evolving in regards to sustainable design practices, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) under-took an in-depth study of nearly 200 COTE Top Ten Award winning projects encompassing
almost 20 years.

The findings have been compiled in a report, Lessons from the Leading Edge . They reviewed a variety of performance measures, including energy efficiency, water conservation and indoor environmental quality to evaluate how these exemplary projects demonstrate COTE’s mission to “enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.” The research represents the most comprehensive study of the COTE Top Ten program to date.

“Top Ten winners are an extraordinary group of case studies from the leading edge of sustainable design over the past two decades,” said Lance Hosey, FAIA, lead author of the report and a member of the COTE Advisory Group. “The projects have been studied and published widely as individual projects, but never as a group—until now. What we found is that Top Ten winners are outpacing the industry by virtually every standard of performance, but they also exemplify the integration of design excellence and sustainable performance.”

Key takeaways from report:
■ Many project examples show extraordinary performance at very low or average costs, dispelling
the misperception that higher building performance requires higher costs.
■ Projects range in size from small houses under 1,000 square feet to community master plans at
millions of square feet.
■ The average energy savings for these projects are 54% better than industry standards. In the
past five years, the average energy savings has improved to 65%, exceeding AIA 2030 Commitment targets.
■ The average water reduction is 52% better than industry standards.
■ The majority of projects are in urban locations, while less than one fifth are found in rural
areas. One third of all Top Ten winners are located on the West Coast of North America.

COTE founding chairman, Bob Berkebile, FAIA, added, “We have seen a significant transformation in how these project examples have evolved and advanced. Initially, the design teams were acutely focused on efficiencies within an individual building and in recent years they are also looking at more horizontal and far-reaching economic, ecological, social equity, public health and resilient outcomes.”

Recommendations for architecture and design industry:
■ Embrace design before technology to improve both performance and quality
■ Study best practices for higher performance at lower costs
■ Pursue post-occupancy evaluations as standard practice to understand better how actual per
formance aligns with design intent
■ Promote more ambitious adaptive reuse projects to preserve existing building stock and con
serve resources more extensively
■ Drive greater awareness of the health impact of building materials and need for better indoor
air quality

Lessons from the Leading Edge is being released in advance of the 2016 Top Ten Green Project awards, to be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd.

A special session on the report will occur at the national AIA convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, May 26, 2016.