Resources


Practice guides & tools

Healthier Materials Protocol
Get a stepwise method for setting healthy materials goals and criteria definitions, product selection, tracking, and specification.
Architect’s Primer on Renewable Energy
Meet your client's goals while contributing to a more sustainable, distributed electric grid with this starter guide.
Renovate, Retrofit, Reuse
Uncover tremendous opportunities in existing building stock including energy efficiency and social and economic benefits.
AIA Framework for Design Excellence
Understand the ten important measures you need to set meaningful project goals and targets for climate action.
Deep Energy Retrofits RFP Guide
Find proven best practice language to use during the RFP process to get the most value out of a deep retrofit.
Guide to Engaging With Civic Leaders
Position yourself as a trusted advisor to civic leaders at local, state, and federal levels.
Design for Adaptability, Deconstruction, & Reuse
Design buildings that last with this practice guide packed with strategies, case studies, and pitfalls to avoid.
AIA Climate Action Plan
Explore AIA’s multistep plan to establish actionable steps and provide architects with tools and resources to achieve zero carbon.
COTE® Super Spreadsheet
Calculate and evaluate project performance metrics and benchmarking easily with this downloadable tool.
Architect’s Guide to Building Performance
Optimize building performance beyond energy by integrating simulation into your design process.
2030 by the Numbers
See the progress architects and firms made toward a carbon-neutral future in 2019 through the AIA 2030 Commitment.
TEOP for Architects: How to Drive High-Performance Office Fit-outs
Explore the 10-step process architects and clients are using to create energy-efficient leased spaces.
Renewable Energy Brief
Learn how to incorporate a renewable energy solution into every project. It's easier and more affordable than you might think.

Talking points

How Architects Can Improve America’s Infrastructure
This is a pivotal moment for our nation’s infrastructure, and one group of experts can help us rebuild to succeed: Architects.
How to Talk to Clients About Materials Transparency
Discover practical tips that can help you talk to clients about materials transparency and selecting better materials.
Making the Business Case With Clients
Explore new research on the economic value of sustainable design and talking points for making the business case to clients.
Climate Action Message Book
Learn how to communicate the value of sustainable, resilient design with clients, stakeholders, and civic leaders.

Courses & certificate programs

Embodied Carbon 101 series
Capture embodied carbon in your design projects with AIAU’s new 12-course series.
Materials Matter Certificate
Learn how to make the best product decisions for projects, people, and the environment.
Resilience & Adaptation Certificate
Integrate resilience into your practice including mitigating risk and adapting to changing conditions.
AIA+2030 Certificate
Meet the 2030 goals through design strategies, efficient technologies and systems, and renewable energy resources.
AIAU Courses
Master new skills in sustainable design with individual courses by leading architects and firms.

Reports

Energy Transparency
Leverage the shifting energy landscape to improve building performance and build better client relationships.
Materials Transparency & Risk
Understand how to engage with legal and practice questions about materials and product contents.