The Knowledge Community on the Environment (kCOTE) works to advance, disseminate, and advocate — to the profession, the building industry, the academy, and the public — design practices that integrate built and natural systems and enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment. kCOTE serves as the community and voice on behalf of AIA architects regarding sustainable design and building science and performance.

Co-chairs: Theresa Olsen, AIA, and Mike Refsland, AIA
Staff liaison: Deanna Christiansen
Meeting date: Second Thursday of the month from 7:30 to 9:00 am at AIA Minnesota

March Meeting Announcement

Electric Vehicles & Charging Infrastructure – Current Offerings and How To Future-Proof Our Projects
Thursday, March 8, 7:30 - 9:00 am
AIA Minnesota Boardroom

In 2017 the US PEV (Plug-in Electric Vehicle) sales reached 200,000. Worldwide sales exceeded a million. Electric vehicles aren’t coming … they’re HERE!  Which type of charging infrastructure is most appropriate for your project:  J1772, CHAdeMo or Tesla supercharger? Do you know the difference between Level 1, Level 2, and DC Fast Charging?  Why isn’t there an industry-standard plug to fuel ALL electric cars? Is the industry heading for uniform standards? If not, what should an architect and building owner consider in determining which to provide?
Jukka Kukkonen, Plug In Connect & MNPEVOC, will provide a basic overview of current vehicles on the market, which will be visible at the Twin Cities Auto Show Electric Room at the Minneapolis Convention Center March 10 – 18, and delve into how to provide the most appropriate infrastructure at apartments, workplaces, schools, and other locations.

If you are unable to attend but would like to participate via teleconference and/or Zoom, contact Deanna Christiansen.

February Power Point

Energy Design Assistance - Current Offerings and Partnerships presented by Brian Wass, AIA, LEED BD+C, energy project manager, The Weidt Group.