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AIA Las Vegas COTE Committee





The Committee on the Environment (COTE) is dedicated to educating professionals and the public on sustainable design issues, and to supporting an agenda of various public and private organizations. Our belief is that design excellence can only be discussed within the context of sustainability.

We PROMOTE the integration of design and sustainability
We SPREAD knowledge and cultivate expertise
We CONNECT members of the design and building communities

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact COTE Committee Chair - Esther Garcia, Assoc. AIA at  702-689-1706 or


COTE’s Sustainable Design Series via AIAU

Join AIA Las Vegas COTE for the 2017 quarterly lecture series focused on sustainable design, techniques, integrated design approaches and optimizing strategies in your practice. Through the video presentations of AIAU, you can put your career into high gear as you learn about design professionals who are implementing technology, resolving challenges and creating new tricks to create comfortable spaces.


March 23rd – 7:30 am – 9:00 am, 1.00 LU, $10/person

The Intersection of Design and Performance: The Tesla Motors Lesson

Presented by Gregory Papay, FAIA, Partner at Lake|Flato and Heather Gayle Holdridge, LEED AP BD+C, EIT, Assoc. AIA, Sustainability Manager, Lake|Flato Architects

Explore the extraordinary success story of Tesla Motors, how they intertwined design, engineering and manufacturing processes and how you can learn from their approach to produce better work.



June 22nd - 7:30 am – 9:00 am, 1.00 LU, $10/person

Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) in 7 Climate Zones: An Analysis of How to Design NZEB’s in Varied Climates

Presented by John Andary Bioclimatic Design Leader at Integral Group, David Kaneda, Managing Principal at Integral Group and John Weale, an Engineer Fellow and Associate Principal at Integral Group

Case studies of Net Zero Energy buildings in 7 distinctly different climates compare techniques to effectively drive energy use down to reach net-zero energy.



September 28th – 7:30 am – 9:00 am, 1.50 LU, $10/person

Manipulating the Microclimate: Creating Comfortable Outdoor Spaces for People and Energy Efficient Communities

Presented by Duncan A. Phillips, Principal Architect, RWDI

Engage with the tools to include manipulation of the microclimate in design work to influence the internal conditions and energy demand of buildings



December 6th7:30 am – 9:00 am, 1.00 LU, $10/person

             Designing to an Energy Budget: Focus on Small Firms and Projects

Presented by Chris J. Green, FAIA, Founding Principal Ago Studios, Inc., Heather Gayle Holdridge, LEED AP BD+C, EIT, Assoc. AIA, Kim E. Shinn, P.E., Principal, TLC Engineering for Architecture

Case studies of the Performance Design Process and using Design Performance Modeling to integrate energy modeling into the design process.



Sponsorships are available for individual sessions and/or the complete Design Series. Sponsors will be listed on promotional materials. Individual session sponsorship are $250. Please contact Caron Richardson; at AIA Las Vegas for more information.

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