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


July Tour of Veit Construction Recycling Facility

The AIA Minnesota kCOTE tour of Veit's Minneapolis construction waste diversion facility on July 12 taught us how architects, employing Construction Waste Management specifications, can divert tons of waste from landfills, and witnessed it in action. The fascinating tour demonstrated why some items previously thought recyclable in our market were unable to meet diversion criteria, and why steel and wood are the materials of choice for a chance at second lives. Watch for future kCOTE meetings and events! (See tour photos below)

March Power Point

Electric Vehicles & Charging Infrastructure presented by Jukka Kukkonen, Plug In Connect & MNPEVOC

February Power Point

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