The AIA Maine COTE Awards program recognizes exemplary and innovative built projects that establish a standard of over-all design excellence that creatively integrates sustainable design strategies, demonstrating their benefits while educating and inspiring the profession and the public.
All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) on November 20, 2015.
- All registered architects living in the State of Maine are invited to submit their completed built projects, regardless of project size, budget, style, building type, or location. Entries are welcomed and encouraged from both established and new practitioners and designers, and from small firms and large.
- Projects must be built and completed within the past 5 years.
Each entry will be judged for the success with which the project has met its individual requirements, with particular emphasis on design excellence. Projects will be evaluated on a broad and inclusive definition of design quality that includes performance, aesthetics, community connection and resilience, and stewardship of the natural environment.
Award Categories: Residential, Multi-Family, Commercial, Institutional/Educational
Rick Ames AIA | Next Phase Studios
Robert Matthew Noblett AIA NCARB | Behnisch Architekten
Ellen Watts AIA | Architerra
- Registration: Registration is required for each project submitted. All registrations will be submitted online at www.aiamaine.org/cote2015.
- Entry Fee: Each project requires payment of a non-refundable registration fee. (Teams may submit more than one project)
AIA Maine Members – $100 for first entry| $50 for additional entries
Non Members – $200 for first entry| $100 for additional entries
- Images: To illustrate your project you have up to 12 images to upload. A building section with detailed notes on floor, wall and roof construction is required. In addition, you may use any combination of photos, site plans, floor plans, drawings, elevations, etc… Use whatever you think best highlights the design and sustainable attributes.All files need to be in JPEG or PNG format. File size is 2MB per image.
- Words: For the Measures that you feel apply to the design, please be as succinct as possible, bullet points are suggested. Please use the project narrative box to provide the overview of your project. Please note that there is a 400-word limit for the project narrative.
- Metrics: Submit energy use of project, modeled or measured. Typical metrics include EUI, HERS, BTU / SF / YR, etc
MEASURES OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
COTE Definition of SUSTAINABILITY AND SUSTAINABLE DESIGN:
- Sustainability envisions the enduring prosperity of all living things.
- Sustainable design seeks to create communities, buildings, and products that contribute to this vision.
MEASURE 1: DESIGN & INNOVATION
Sustainable design is an inherent aspect of design excellence. Projects should express sustainable design concepts and intentions, and take advantage of innovative programming opportunities.
MEASURE 2: REGIONAL COMMUNITY DESIGN
Sustainable design values the unique cultural and natural character of a given region.
MEASURE 3: LAND USE & SITE ECOLOGY
Sustainable design protects and benefits ecosystems, watersheds, and wildlife habitat in the presence of human development.
MEASURE 4: BIOCLIMATIC DESIGN
Sustainable design conserves resources and maximizes comfort through design adaptations to site‐specific and regional climate conditions.
MEASURE 5: LIGHT & AIR
Sustainable design creates comfortable interior environments that provide daylight, views, and fresh air.
MEASURE 6: WATER CYCLE
Sustainable design conserves water and protects and improves water quality.
MEASURE 7: ENERGY FLOWS & ENERGY FUTURE
Sustainable design conserves energy and resources and reduces the carbon footprint while improving building performance and comfort. Sustainable design anticipates future energy sources and needs.
MEASURE 8: MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION
Sustainable design includes the informed selection of materials and products to reduce product‐cycle environmental impacts, improve performance, and optimize occupant health and comfort.
MEASURE 9: LONG TERM FLEXIBILITY AND ADAPTABILITY
Sustainable design seeks to enhance versatility, durability, and adaptive reuse potential.
MEASURE 10: COLLECTIVE WISDOM & FEEDBACK LOOPS
Sustainable design strategies and best practices evolve overtime through documented performance and shared knowledge of lessons learned.
MEASURE 11 (EXTRA CREDIT): BUILDING FUNCTIONS AS WELL OR BETTER THAN INTENDED
Submit energy models and building operations data from at least one year post-occupancy.