A network to bring together local chapter representatives to exchange information, provide best practices, discuss how local chapters navigate the profession’s involvement in environmental stewardship, and energy-efficiency and decarbonization of the built environment.

Staff Liaison: Hillary Krek hkrek@aiacalifornia.org

AIA CA COTE Roundtable: Reducing Embodied Carbon

August 11, 2021 | 12:00-1:30pm

Reducing embodied carbon in buildings is a crucial element of reducing the impact of buildings on climate change.  Nearly 11% of global GHG emissions is attributed to embodied carbon of buildings.  This roundtable will present various perspectives from the industry on strategies to reduce embodied carbon, ranging from preservation of our existing buildings to carbon calculation tools and low-carbon materials.  Please join us and this expert panel discussing opportunities to lower the impact of building materials. 


John Delaney, Architect, LEED AP BD+C,

Baha Sadreddin

Patti Harburg-Petrich, SE, LEED AP BD+C

Building Performance Simulation Tools, Capabilities, Benefits, and Challenges

May 12, 2021 | 12:00-1:30pm


Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation. 

Additional Resources
IBPSA-USA International Building Performance Simulation:

Research Papers & White Papers



Making the Case for Decarbonization: Local Level Advocacy Tips

February 10, 2021 | 12:00-1:30pm

The AIA CA COTE has been actively supporting local governments as they have passed critical decarbonization legislation. Decarbonization is an important step to stabilize our planet’s changing climate to ensure safe and habitable communities for future generations.  Learn how you can engage your local city or county, how the legislative process works, and how you can most effectively support that process.  Key sources of information will be identified along with common questions and answers that arise along the way.

Making the Case for Climate Action

November 5, 2020 | 12:00-1:30pm

A significant amount of carbon emissions in California come from the construction and operation of buildings, and the resulting environmental impacts are enormous. Clients and agencies who review projects may not be aware of these impacts and the importance and urgency of decarbonizing the building sector. Henry Siegel, FAIA and Jonathan Feldman, AIA will discuss how architectural practice is changing to meet this demand and make the case that zero-carbon design is not just an environmental imperative, it is also good for business. 

Tips & Tricks: State Level Advocacy

August 12, 2020

AIA CA’s Director of Government Relations, Mark Christian, Hon. AIA, and Architectural Consultant, Michael Malinowski, FAIA, provided an overview of AIA CA’s statewide advocacy efforts.

Click here for the full PowerPoint presentation.

AIA CA Statewide COTE Roundtables
Introduction to AIA CA Local COTE Network

May 19, 2020

AIA CA recently hosted a Statewide COTE Roundtable in order to better understand, engage and support California’s local chapter COTEs. In addition to learning about AIA national and state level climate action initiatives, a roundtable discussion explored ways the AIA CA COTE and local COTEs can best support California’s architects, practices and local chapter climate action initiatives.

Click here for the full PowerPoint presentation with live links to various educational resources. And click here for a copy of the chat log with additional resources recommended  by attendees.

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