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New Study Provides Guidance to States Exploring Options to Link Utility Efficiency Programs with Energy Codes Savings

As states increasingly look to utilities to play an active role in supporting building energy codes, a new report from a coalition of energy efficiency advocates, has been issued to provide guidance for how state regulatory commissions and energy offices can best develop and evaluate such efforts.


Custom Residential Architectural Home Tour

Presentation by Linda Kiisk, AIA - How Architects Learn AIARE CRAN and AIA Allied Member Portalais, Inc. sponsored a tour of a private custom residence in the hills overlooking Santa Rosa.  Portalais sourced the windows and many of the doors used in this incredible home.  In addition, the homeowners found many unique pieces while they ...

The 2013 Codes and Standards Network

The Codes and Standards Network is an effort that engages members throughout our states and components. Engaging all of our members as advocates of our profession continues to be an integral part of the role of the Architect going forward.


May is Building Safety Month

The AIA Issues and Advocacy team aren’t the only ones focusing on building codes this month. Each May, the International Code Council sponsors “Building Safety Month,” a campaign to raise awareness about the important role building codes for the health, safety, and welfare of the public.


New York and New Jersey Release Plans for Billions in Recovery Aid

Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey released Action Plans detailing how they intend to spend the $1.7 billion each state received in Community Development grant funding following Hurricane Sandy. For architects whose firms were damaged by the storm, both states have announced plans to provide grants …


Sequestration: Questions and Answers

On the eve of the first round of sequestration, the AIA government relations and outreach team provides answers to some of the most common questions.


Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing Now Available in Connecticut

C-PACE, Connecticut’s statewide property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing program launched late last month. C-PACE allows commercial, institutional, and multi-family building owners to access low-rate, long-term financing for energy upgrades. The obligation is repaid through a property tax assessment that is secured by the property, not the owner’s credit. The assessment stays with the property, …


Clock Ticks Down Towards Sequestration

Almost nobody in Washington wants it to happen. Nearly everyone says they are committed to finding a way to avoid it. And yet, the first round of sequestration – an automatic $85 billion cut in federal programs – seems increasingly likely to happen at the end of this month.


Federal Agenda Webinar Recording Now Available

In order to be effective advocates for the profession, it is important that ALL members get the scoop on the AIA’s federal priorities for the next two years. AIA members can now access that information at any time by watching the recording of one of the four briefing webinars.


2013 State Legislatures Convene

The 2013 state legislative session is in full swing, with all but nine state legislatures currently in session and the rest soon to follow. The National Conference of State Legislatures has produced a calendar of each state’s legislative session.

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