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October 13, 2017
Some experts say water scarcity is a national security threat. And, over the past two months, millions of Americans have encountered first-hand the devastation caused by too much water. Through interviews with five different experts, we explore the paradox of water and how architects can contribute to this evolving struggle.
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Aging resiliently: A new approach to retirement housing
By 2030, 79 million baby boomers will have turned 65, at the rate of 10,000 per day. As of right now, the nation’s housing stock is ill-equipped to serve the mobility, access, and social needs of seniors. That's why the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, a member of the National Resilience Initiative, is pushing to rethink housing for our aging population.
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Member benefit spotlight

AIA’s 2030 Commitment helps our members by providing a framework and tool to benchmark, target, and track progress in their project designs toward increased energy efficiency and carbon neutrality by 2030. Over 450 firms are already leading the way in this important effort to measure progress and make lasting change.

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2017 AIA Contract Documents
Many firms go beyond the everyday practice of architecture to include site evaluation, historic preservation, facility support, and commissioning services. For these firms, AIA's heavily revised "scope" documents address changes to the industry landscape.
Mode Associates in San Luis Obispo, California, was an early adopter of AIA's energy efficiency initiative: "The 2030 Commitment is a key way to demonstrate that the work we do matters.”
In an American Chemistry Council survey of 300 architects, many reported challenges in finding materials that help meet sustainability and resiliency goals. Thanks to advances in chemistry, these examples can be the solution.
As green building booms, AIA partner Andersen Windows highlights two very different sustainable projects that took advantage of their energy-efficient window technology.
James Hardie
Shiplap is trending once again, this time on more modern abodes because of its clean reveal lines. If you're interested in both high performance and an authentic rustic look, this new take on an old staple from AIA partner James Hardie might be for you.
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