The Top 10 Things You Can Do Now To Deliver Cost-Effective Zero Energy Green Buildings

The NAHB Green Multifamily Building of the Year calculates at $10 per home per month for heating, cooling and hot water

Architecture 2030 calls architects to design buildings using 60% less energy than current code TODAY on the way to Zero Energy Buildings by 2030.  Lead the profession in contributing to a clean energy future.

The 3 hour Introductory Overview reviews the State of the Art with case studies, costs, and how clients are requiring such high performance design. 

The full 9 hour course sequence presents the Top 10 Things You Can Do Now with valuable time-saving rules of thumb. A couple of hands-on design exercises provide an enjoyable way to develop skills that can become second nature in your everyday practice.

Invest in the success of your practice.  Both courses have been approved by the AIA for Health Safety & Welfare and Sustainable Design Learning Units.


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The AIA Guide to Sustainable Projects

The Sun and Moon Altar micro-row building in NW China is the largest near net zero energy building in the world

The AIA Guide for Sustainable Projects recently released as AIA Document(tm) D503-2011 provides important definition to the professional standard of practice of Sustainable Design with key provisions addressing:

  • Additional Services and Compensation for:

LEED Certification,
Extensive Environmentally Responsible Design, and

  • Guarantees of Performance,
  • Owner's Responsibilities, and
  • Claims and Disputes.

A must for any practicing architect!

Sustainable Design at the AIA: the 50x50 Strategies and the COTE Top 10 Measures

All AIA continuing education in Sustainable Design is based on the 50 x 50 Strategies that fit within the AIA Committee on the Environment's Top 10 Measures.  The 50 x 50 Strategies list the 50 things that you can do to achieve 50 % energy savings in the buildings you design.


The AIA has endorsed the Architecture 2030 targets calling for all architects to be designing buildings using 60% less energy TODAY leading to net zero energy carbon neutral buildings by 2030. The 50 x 50 Strategies are the AIA's first guides how to stretch for these goals.


Join us for this review of the foundation of our curriculum.

Strategies for 50% Energy Savings Design Guide series

NREL's Research Support Facility: Largest Net Zero Energy Building in the US

The US Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and the Pacific Northwest National lab have collaborated on this series that reviews design strategies that can deliver up to 50% energy savings for specific building types compared to current code:


  • Retail
  • Small Office Buildings
  • Medium Office Buildings
  • Large Office Buildings
  • Motels & Lodging
  • Medium Box Retail
  • Grocery Stores
  • Quick Service Restaurants
  • Large Hospitals

Top 10 Reasons for Top 10 Continuing Education

10. Sooner or later the recession will end…be positioned to lead the transition to a clean energy future.


9. AIA members require 4 Sustainable Design and 12 Health Safety Welfare LUs each year: get them early and often to improve your skills and practice.

8. For architects by architects: AIA Approved Provider founded by an AIA member.
7. Learn from a colleague with real world expertise and experience: winner of the National Association of Homebuilders Green  Multifamily Building of the Year Award for an 84,000sf mixed use building calculating under $10 per home per month for heating, cooling, and hot water.
6. Avoid CE that is little more than a thinly veiled sales pitch by a product manufacturer. Connect with products and techniques useful to improving building performance and your practice.
5. Sort the wheat from the chaff in Sustainable Design: deliver more energy-related bang for the buck for your client. Make the Architecture 2030 targets routine and commonplace in your practice.
4. Get it right the first time with Rules of Thumb applied early in schematic design, rather than face time-consuming revisions down the road. 
3. Interactive Hands-On Exercises build success in tasks that yield results, both in energy savings for the client, and professional success for your firm. Hands-on approach helps avoid prolonged ‘death by powerpoint’.
2. Get a practical perspective that leads to more cost-effective near and net zero energy buildings: taught by an Architect with 15 years of hands-on integrated Design/Build and development experience.
1. Learn when you want it, where you want it 24/7/365. Affordable quality continuing education without the hassle and expense of driving or flying to a course, hotel and meals, time away from the office, etc.