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AIA Advocates for Open Standards in Interoperability for Design Software Print E-mail
Friday, 11 June 2010 12:17
According to the 2009 Business of Architecture, a survey of firm characteristics published by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the share of firms that have obtained Building Information Modeling (BIM) software has doubled in period from 2006-2009 and is up to 34 percent of all architecture firms, representing about 50% of AIA architects.   Due to challenges associated with the use of BIM with different operating standards among design teams that results in productivity loss, the AIA is calling for the ongoing development of open standards for design software. The software must support non-proprietary open standards for auditable information exchange and allow for confident information exchanges across applications and time.

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AIA Introduces Tool to Help Architecture Firms Track Predicted Energy Use in Building Projects Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 June 2010 06:39
Initiative part of goal to reach carbon neutrality in buildings by 2030

As part of the voluntary 2030 commitment program  where architecture firms and other entities in the built environment pledge to develop multi-year action plans and implement steps that can advance the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) goal of carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030, the AIA has unveiled a new tool that generates a report on predicted energy use and project modeling.

“This tool is a valuable resource for architecture firms and will be used on their entire portfolio, not just for projects seeking green building certification,” said AIA President, George H. Miller, FAIA. “The tool was specifically developed to be simple to use and to be used by firms of all sizes on a variety of building types, large and small.”

The Excel-based reporting tool will only require the user to enter project use type (from a drop down menu), gross square footage, (GSF), yes/no questions: Is project Interior only? Is project modeled? and predicted energy use intensity (PEUI).
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 November 2010 07:10
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American Institute of Architects (AIA) Releases Updated Bond Forms and Three New Agreements Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 June 2010 09:34
New Documents Include Two Integrated Project Delivery Agreements and Owner-Architect Agreement for Pro Bono Services

On June 10, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) will announce the release of three updated bond forms as well as three new agreements, including an owner-architect agreement for pro bono services and two Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) agreements. Collectively called the “4.3 Release,” these six documents, A312™–2010, Payment Bond; A312™–2010, Performance Bond; A310™–2010, Bid Bond; B106™–2010, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for Pro Bono Services; C198™–2010, Standard Form of Agreement Between Single Purpose Entity and Consultant for Integrated Project Delivery; and C199™–2010, Standard Form of Agreement Between Single Purpose Entity and Contractor for Integrated Project Delivery, build on the AIA Contract Documents program’s 120 years of experience as the industry standard in defining the contractual relationships that govern the design and construction industry. These documents, and the bond forms in particular, highlight the AIA’s efforts to collaborate with industry stakeholders and practitioners in the development process.

“The AIA Contract Documents Committee is comprised of industry professionals representing a cross-section of project stakeholders. Members of the Documents Committee, in conjunction with experienced legal and insurance counsel and numerous industry liaisons, work together on a long-term basis to update existing AIA Contract Documents® as well as to create new documents to meet the ever-evolving needs of the industry,” said Ken Cobleigh, Managing Director and Counsel for the AIA Contract Documents® content team. “In particular, the AIA Contract Documents program continues to lead the industry toward greater collaboration among architects, owners, and contractors.”
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AIA: Congressional Testimony Underscores Dire Credit Climate Facing Architects Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 06:51
"Congress Must Pass Legislation That Would Loosen Financing."

The major issue facing America’s architectural profession continues to be the lack of access to financing even as the rest of the economy signals a recovery, one Baltimore architect testified today before the House Financial Services Committee.

Jim Determan, AIA, an architect with Hord Coplan Macht of Baltimore, Maryland, and a former board member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), told lawmakers how the credit crunch in late 2008 contributed to the demise of his prior firm, CSD Architects. As lenders broadly refused credit to the design and construction industry, many CSD projects came to a halt.

In Determan’s case, he and his partners were left with no choice but to close their 60 year-old firm that had successfully weathered previous recessions. As a result, more than 100 people – many of whom had been with the firm more than 30 years - lost their jobs.
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 November 2010 07:10
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AIA Report: Revamping Tax Code Key to Making Livable Communities A Bigger Reality Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 06:45
"The challenge to making livable communities a reality lies in convincing policy makers to revamp a complex tax code that encourages sprawl and traffic congestion at the expense of “walkable,” mixed-use development and mass transit."

That is the primary conclusion of a report issued Monday by the American Institute of Architects and partnering organizations at the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Financing Forum, which will bring together national housing, development, public and private finance, transportation practitioners and policy leaders to discuss the complexities of financing TOD. The forum is being held at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and will also highlight the opportunity for federal transportation reform and encourage connections and linkages for accelerating the development of TOD.

“Unfortunately, the tax credits and federal financing tools that affect the built environment do so in ways that frequently conflict with livability principles,” the report states. “On balance, federal policy is much more consistent with single-use development that is characteristic of sprawl at the edges of our communities.”
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AIA's 2010 Housing Awards Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 12:30

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced the 18 recipients of the 2010 Housing Awards. The AIA’s Housing Awards Program, now in its tenth year, was established to recognize the best in housing design and promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource.

The jury for the 2010 Housing Awards includes: Andrew V. Porth (chair), AIA, Porth Architects, Inc.; Jane Kolleeny, Architectural Record and GreenSource; Natalye Appel, FAIA, Natalye Appel + Associates Architects; Geoffrey Goldberg, AIA, G. Goldberg and Associates, and Grace Kim, AIA, Schemata Workshop.

The jury recognized projects in four award categories: One/Two Family Custom Housing, One/Two Family Production Housing, Multifamily Housing, and Special Housing.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:50
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AIA: Climate Bill or Not, Congress Can Still Act on Green Jobs and Energy Independence Print E-mail
Friday, 30 April 2010 13:58
In the wake of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Congress finds itself struggling for ways to help make green jobs a reality and reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign sources of energy.

Meanwhile, already-introduced legislation that is waiting for action can help create or preserve a total of as many as 390,000 green jobs, AIA estimates. Clearly, Congress already has what it needs to fulfill that goal.  

“A number of bills have been introduced this session that command broad bipartisan support and could help create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the design and construction industries - and go a long way toward curbing energy use,” said AIA President George H. Miller, FAIA. “Congress has the tools at its disposal to pass such legislation; it just needs to use them.”
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