Principals for Advocating a Sustainable Future
AIA CA supports a balanced State energy policy that reduces waste of non-renewable energy resources while promoting environmentally sound production of alternative energy sources. In addition, AIA CA encourages continued public and private research and development in all areas of energy-conscious design and technology, with emphasis on the performance of the total building.
Livable Cities Policy Framework: Removing Roadblocks to Livable Communities
AIA CA believes the design of the physical environment directly affects the quality of our lives. Through collaborative planning and design, architects contribute to creating safe, aesthetic, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable buildings and communities. AIA CA believes that investing in livable communities offers:
- Choices in housing, shopping, recreation, and job opportunities
- Transportation alternatives that reduce dependence automobiles
- A variety of open spaces for active recreation, walking, and public gatherings
- A shared identity and sense of pride that results from the visual character and vitality of the community.
AIA CA believes that architects and engineers should be selected for public work on the basis of professional qualifications and competence.
AIA CA supports the adoption and enforcement of building codes and standards that are the product of informed education, research, and review. AIA CA also supports active participation of the architect and public in a consensus process.
AIA CA believes that architects should deliver services to owners using the delivery methodology that best integrates the interests of the owner and
the individual characteristics of the project.
Urban Design Policy
AIA CA supports the development of sustainable solutions at a continuum of scales; from global, national, state and regional, to community and site planning, to urban and architectural design.