COTE Education Series

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December 6, 2023
9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Architecture Center Houston
902 Commerce St.
Houston, TX 77002

Brought to you by the Committee On The Environment

We invite you to attend a full day of Continuing Education (CE) Series sponsored by the Committee on the Environment (COTE).


The Committee on the Environment (COTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate—to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public—design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.

The committee reflects the profession’s commitment to providing healthy and safe environments for people and is dedicated to preserving the earth’s capability of sustaining a shared high quality of life. The committee’s mission is to lead and coordinate the profession’s involvement in environmental and energy-related issues and to promote the role of the architect as a leader in preserving and protecting the planet and its living systems.


9:00-9:30am Breakfast and Registration

Phius 101 (Course #09212023)
Presented by Ryan Abendroth and Stefan Goebel, Founders of Build Zero Consulting
1.0 AIA LU

Phius 101 teaches how passive house principles can be put into practice to create safe, resilient, comfortable and most importantly energy efficient structures, from commercial to residential to multifamily. Phius 101 explains how certification includes third-party quality control as well as an iterative design review process that makes it the only passive house standard that truly guarantees the quality of its certified buildings. This course will demonstrate what sets Phius certification apart from code buildings?This includes how every Phius project must be inspected by a Phius-certified Rater or Verifier in order to ensure the building was built in accordance with its Phius-approved designs. The Iterative Design Review Process - When a project team submits designs for Phius certification, we work with the submitter to help guide them to certification, and Tangible Results - Phius certified projects are proven to use 40-60 percent less energy than code-built buildings at minimal to no upfront cost premium.


Commercial Furniture Decommissioning: A Playbook for Diverting Waste 
Presented by Kimiko Designs

An alarming 17 billion pounds of office assets are dumped in U.S. landfills each year. This number presents both a challenge and an opportunity for new approaches to commercial furniture planning. In this session, an experienced architect and recognized leader in furniture planning, specification, and decommissioning will share proven best practices, tools, real-world success stories, and financial and community benefits of sustainable furniture life-cycling to help architects and designers understand how to keep commercial furniture out of landfills. Formulated through research, practical experience, and extensive input from facility owners and managers, we will walk through a step-by-step practice guide to explore furniture reconfiguration, reuse, recycling, and resale.


Break for Lunch


The Future of LEED: An Introcution to LEEDv5 
Presented by Tim Murray, AIA

An introduction to the new draft LEEDv5 green building certification system. LEEDv5 for Existing Buildings was released as a beta program at Greenbuild 2023. LEEDv5 for New Construction will be released in 1Q of 2024. This session explores the upcoming version of LEED with a revised fundamental approach and system goals. These new goals demand a new framework and new underlying priorities. LEED must measure both operational carbon and embodied carbon. LEED must generate new tools to protect the health of all living beings. And LEED must elevate the stringency of the top-rated projects. While LEEDv5 is still in active development and evolving, it is clear that it is not simply an upgrade to credit thresholds, but rather a new perspective on how green buildings must evolve to realign with tomorrow’s most urgent issues.


Decoding Carbon in Building Design Part II
Presented by Suryabala Sah, Gensler

As the focus on decarbonization deepens and our understanding of the significance of building carbon increases it is becoming critical that we look at buildings from a whole lifecycle carbon standpoint.. New embodied carbon tools, policies, and research are released regularly, and we find ourselves at a crucial juncture as the clock ticks towards 2030 and other milestone dates for reducing atmospheric carbon. The session will help contextualize the practice of WBLCA and provide easily accessible and free-of-charge resources that can bring audience members up to speed on current embodied carbon benchmarks, WBLCA reporting standards, and few professional LCA tools to improve tracking at both the firm level, and the industry at large. We will also share few industry-wide efforts in the North American Market and alignment of decarbonation with the newly released LEED v5.


  • Online registration will close Thursday, November 30 @ 5 pm
  • Breakfast and lunch included for advanced registrants
  • Parking is not included
  • A minimum of 3 business days’ notice is required to receive a full refund if you need to cancel your reservation.
  • AIA Members will have their credits reported
  • All Non-Members will receive certificates

AIA Credit 3.5 HSW and 1.0 LU, Total of 4.5 AIA LUs