All events listed are held on the meeting level of the Colorado Convention Center unless otherwise specified. 

Thursday, June 20

Sustainable and High-Performance Facades: Design Methods, Analysis, and Case Studies

When: 7:00 a.m.
Where: Room 403

This seminar covers methods for designing sustainable, high-performance façades and the steps to ensuring environmental factors and energy-efficient strategies are integrated with the design process. Participants will learn best practices in high-performance design strategies, including differentiating by climate type, building-information, modeling-based analyses, and emerging technologies for improving performance of building envelope designs.

Not So Big Community: A Vision for Our Collective Future

When: 2:00 p.m.
Where: Room 503

Sarah Susanka and Ross Chapin, coauthors of Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Communities in a Large-Scale World, will discuss their design approaches, illustrating how the ‘not so big community’ and ‘pocket neighborhood’ can be applied using an organic rather than grid-plan layout that respects the natural features of existing landscapes.

Zero Net Energy Buildings: From Policy to Practice

When: 4:00 p.m.
Where: Room 207

This presentation highlights the conclusions of the study, “Roadmap to Zero Net Energy Public Buildings: Recommended Steps for the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic,” including critical next steps that should be taken now, long-term steps for the next 10 to 15 years, and two successful net-zero energy case studies.

Learning from Passive House Design: The Real-World Metrics

When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: 207

Four case studies will demonstrate how building performance can be cost-effectively enhanced through five passive house considerations: air-tightness, insulation, fenestration, thermal bridges, and heat-recovery mechanical systems. Takeaways include how to assemble an appropriate consulting team, determine the right client opportunity, and identify building products suitable for passive house construction.

Friday, June 21

Keynote Presentation: Design Like You Give a Damn

When: 8:30 a.m.
Where: Bellco Theatre

Keynote speaker Cameron Sinclair, cofounder of Architecture for Humanity, will explore every architect’s core passion—the desire to leave the world better than they found it. He maintains his commitment to improve the world one project at a time by tapping into the skilled enthusiasm of like-minded architects around the world.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Environmentalists

When: 2:00 p.m.
Where: Room 406

Stephen Covey wrote The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and his book has been translated into the seven habits for focusing on architectural environmentalism. Panelists Robert Berkebile, Ralph C. Bicknese, and Vivian Loftness exemplify the habits in both word and deed. They will share their design processes that have led them to be leaders of environmental habits in their work.

Cradle to Cradle: Communities, Buildings, and Materials

When: 4:00 p.m.
Where: Room 503

Panelists from McDonough + Partners, NASA, and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute will discuss the visionary concepts outlined by William McDonough and Michael Braungart in Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. They will demonstrate how the design principles help places and products achieve health and safety, use renewable energy, reuse resources, demonstrate the highest standard of water stewardship, and operate with social fairness.

Infinite Energy: AIA Colorado Host Chapter Party

When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1101 13th Street

From performance artists and music to local food and drink, an endless array of Colorado inspiration will be on display at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. The second-largest performing arts center in the world will be transformed, drawing attendees in and immersing them in an original Colorado experience. (Added $110 fee)

Saturday, June 22

Post-Occupancy Evaluation of a LEED Platinum Home

When: 7:00 a.m.
Where: Room 201

Tenna Florian, from Lake Flato Architects, and Hazem Rashed-Ali, a professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will discuss their experience using an energy dashboard and other monitoring systems to track Hacienda Ja Ja’s performance and how providing clients with energy consumption data can change their habits and significantly reduce their energy use.

Project Haiti: Bringing LEED Platinum Design to the Developing World

When: 8:30 a.m.
Where: Mile High Ballroom 4E

Delivering LEED Platinum design to Haiti is no small undertaking in a country ravaged by natural disasters. The discussion will focus the significance and relevance of the LEED system in such an environment; it will represent the relationship that Haiti wants to improve but currently lacks the resources to do so effectively.

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