Category Archives: Environment

Information on sustainable design, green architecture, USGBC, and news from the AIA-NJ Committee on the Environment.

AIA Newark & Suburban to Host AIA National 2018 President

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Carl Elefante, FAIA 

National AIA President, 2018

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AIA Newark & Suburban :  General Meeting #3

Design Impact Matters – Architects Shape Lives

2017 presents a changing landscape, as concerns over environmental decline, increasing atmospheric carbon, and competition for resources mount. At the same time, creative and courageous people are forging new pathways full of promise and hope. More and more research demonstrates the impact which the built environment has on many of the most daunting challenges, and also, how important transforming the built environment is in resolving them.

In 2015 and 2016, more than 200 nations including the Unites States came together to address these issues head on. In December 2015, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change was adopted, mapping out strategies to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. In May 2016, Habitat III, conducted in Quito, Ecuador, adopted the New Urban Agenda which embraces the importance of urbanization in meeting human needs and correcting unintended consequences.

To achieve Paris Agreement targets and advance the New Urban Agenda, architects are called to retool how buildings are designed, constructed, and operated and to shape better lives for the clients and communities we serve: everything; everywhere; everyone.

Architects shape lives. By accepting the mandates of the Paris Agreement and New Urban Agenda, architecture’s relevance, value, and prosperity are secured for a generation or more. How will architects respond?

 

Location:  Mountain Lakes Club    18 Lake Drive, Mountain Lakes, NJ  07046

Schedule:

6-9PM

6-7 Networking/Cash Bar

7-9 Dinner/Presentation

1.5 LUs

AIA Newark & Suburban Members (Regular, Associate and Allied) FREE:  register HERE

Students, $25 when attending with a member register HERE

All Others:  $50.  You will be contacted for payment after you register HERE

Sponsored by:

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East Coast Green 2017

Protecting the  Health, Safety &East Coast Green 2017 Welfare of the Public 

 

Where:      Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy
and Education, Pennington, NJ

When:       Thursday, June 22, 2017

Time:         8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Credits:     Potential of 6 LUs
 Cost:          $175 per person

Sponsorships Available

 

Save the Date for AIA-NJ

Don’t forget to clear your calendar to attend these important AIA-NJ events…

May 19. NJ Re-Forum. Municipal Land Use Law. Details and registration here.

June 12. Architects Action Day. Register Here.

June 22. East Coast Green: Health, Safety & Wellness. Registration is open!

August 1. Community Resilience Course. Limited capacity; register here.

November 9-11. Quad States. AIA NJ Design Conference is at this event! Click here.

The New Micro Living at ALNNJ

Thursday, March 16, 2017

THE NEW MICRO LIVING
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A presentation from nARCHITECTS on Carmel Place, the winning design for former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2013 adAPT NYC competition.  Carmel Place opened last  year and set new standards as a prototype for micro living.  The competition tasked firms with responding to the city’s growing small-household population as part of the Bloomberg administration’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, which aimed to bring new options to the city’s housing market.

Maggiano’s Little Italy
70 Riverside Square Mall
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Click here for Map and Directions

Board Meeting at 4:30 PM
Social hour at 6:00 PM
Dinner at 7:00 PM
Presentation at 7:30 PM

Please send your RSVP to [email protected] before 12 Noon on Monday, March 13, 2017.

Members of the Architects League of Northern New Jersey may attend this meeting as a complimentary benefit. Non-members and guests of the League are welcome at $50 per person, reservations required.  We encourage all members to share suggestions for speakers, venues or topics for future meetings or articles in Leagueline.

The voice of AIA is making things happen for you and the environment

JOIN THE CHARGE! 

Status Report on Letter to Senate Committees & Call to Action:

AIAeagle_2016On January 15, 2017, the AIA Committee on the Environment Advisory Group crafted a petition to the DOE and EPA Senate Hearing Committees. AIA-NJ has participated in this effort, signing on for its promotion. Here is an excerpt: 

We, the undersigned architects, our colleagues, and sustainable design experts, recognize that our nation will need to make substantial changes in how we utilize our natural and energy resources if we are going to be able to compete in the 21st century and maintain livable environments for future generations.  We support governmental and private sector policy programs that promote the design, preservation, and construction of sustainable communities and high-performance buildings, they are consistent with our core values and professional and civic responsibilities. These programs provide jobs, cleaner air and water for everyone, and the kind of forward looking vision the world expects from America.”

YOU, TOO, CAN SIGN THE PETITION: Please click here

The AIA has sent us an update on the status: 

Dear Ben Lee, AIA

Thank you so much for signing the recent letter to the DOE and EPA Senate Hearing Committees. The response was overwhelming – 1089 signatures and counting! We’re writing to share the status of the letter plus seek your interest in continuing to advocate for the issues raised in the letter.

First, the good news is that the letter has been delivered and was well received. It was hand delivered to several local offices of Senators on the committees including Vermont, California, Washington, New York, and Massachusetts. In addition, last week several members of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Advisory Group gave copies of the letter at meetings on Capitol Hill to key staffers at the House Democratic Energy and Commerce Committee, Senate Democratic Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and to Senator Bernie Sanders’ staff.  The group shared information about the critical importance of the many EPA and DOE programs and resources to our work in achieving energy efficient and clean energy solutions which benefit both the economy and the environment. The staff response was very positive and they urged us to provide additional facts and data supporting the importance of these resources.

We are now organizing a network of architects and design professionals to continue to advocate for key issues concerning the design of the built environment at the federal, state and local levels. Our work has just begun! We welcome your participation in this advocacy effort.

If interested in becoming part of the COTE Advocacy network, please complete the form at this address: Please click here

 

ADVOCACY VALUE STATEMENT  

February 2017

AIAeagle_2016AIA New Jersey (AIANJ) is more important than ever as our country is going through transitions. Our profession has been respected by all because of our values and our commitment to improve the built environment. It is important for us to represent our membership to support or to defend these values.

 

AIA National has released 2017 Statement of our Values, AIA NJ is united in support of the national statement:

Value Statement 

In it we state our priorities:

  • We stand for equity and human rights,
  • We stand for architecture that strengthens our communities,
  • We stand for a sustainable future,
  • We stand for protecting communities from the impact of climate change,
  • We stand for economic opportunity,
  • We stand for investing in the future, and
  • We speak up, and policymakers listen.

Read more at AIA

 

AIA New Jersey

AIA NJ has our professional values that echoes the AIA National statement. As licensed Architects we are all working to advance the quality of life of built environment and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. We also has our values formulated through the efforts of our PROFESSIONAL Committees. The following are the values and programs specifically developed in AIA NJ:

  • Sustainable Environment
  • Resiliency
  • Health & Wellness
  • Historic Resources
  • Homeland Security
  • Diversity & Women in Architecture

As we set our ADVOCACY agenda and priorities for 2017, the above values statement for AIA and AIA NJ are the most important issues for our MEMBERS.

Therefore, it is important that the Communication, Public Awareness, Legislative & Government Affairs and Membership committees all working toward the same goals.

Ben P. Lee,
AIA NJ President

Call to Action: Federal Historic Tax Credit

Call To Action:

Federal Historic Tax Credit in Danger of Repeal in Tax Reform

The incoming Trump administration and Speaker Ryan have prioritized moving tax reform legislation in the first 100 days of the new Congress, likely including eliminating tax credits and deductions.

The HTC is the most significant federal financial commitment to historic preservation. Over the last 36 years, the credit has created 2.3 million jobs, leveraged $117 billion in investment, and rehabilitated more than 41,250 buildings – all while generating enough in federal revenue to pay for itself.

Keeping the federal Historic Tax Credit is essential to a place like New Jersey.  Without it, we would loose the traction gained on complimentary state legislation that AIANJ has supported for several years – namely, the Historic Properties Reinvestment Act (HPRA).  HPRAwould piggyback on the HTC where commercial/income-earning projects are involved.  The vast majority of states in country (and all states that border NJ) already have credit programs like HPRA.  NJ’s substantial stock of older buildings cries out for this type of re-investment and the sensible growth it promotes.

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Originally the RCA Victor Company’s Building 17, the Victor in Camden, NJ was made possible through the use of federal Historic Tax Credits about ten years ago

 

Contact your members of congress!

 
Call (during office hours) or email them!

Ask them to support the Historic Tax Credit as part of tax reform legislation that is expected to move through Congress. Explain the value of the HTC and ask your Members of Congress to express support to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), and other committee members.

 

Locate the name and address of your Representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Locate the names and addresses of your Senators here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state&Sort=ASC

This link (courtesy of Preservation Action) provides a Historic Tax Credit fact sheet with key points to share with legislators:

http://www.preservationaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/HTC-Factsheet-2017.pdf 

Thank you for doing your part to advocate for the HTC!

Architecture Firm Uses Holistic Design Approach to Build New James Monroe Elementary School

 

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Edison, NJ – At the start of 2017, students in Edison Township returned “home” for their first day of school in the new James Monroe Elementary School (JMES).  The original school was burned to the ground three years ago after a devastating fire. Local architecture and engineering firm, LAN Associates, worked diligently to fast track the return of students and staff to their school, while they have been temporarily attending class at the former Saint Cecelia’s Catholic School in Iselin.

The two-story, 21st century James Monroe Elementary School, approximately 67,000 sf, was designed using principles of a holistic design approach, where light, flexibility, choice, connection, complexity, and color are direct correlations to enhance student educational achievement. Studies have verified that a holistic design approach can advance a student’s academic progress up to 25% during the course of an academic year.

image023.pngDaylighting is the most important design criteria to a school, as it directly impacts attendance, academic and performance productivity. “We began the building design by performing light studies on all orientations of the building,” says Vice President and Project Architect Kim Vierheilig of LAN Associates. “Maximizing natural light in every learning space was a priority and just as important was providing controls within classroom so educators could easily transform their learning environment, depending on the technology they use during instruction or break out activities.” Continue reading

New Program Offers Assistance For “Green” Businesses

New program offers recognition and reliable, no-cost assistance for “green” businesses

By Deborah Smarth

njsbr_logoFor almost 40 years, the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers, also known as America’s SBDC New Jersey, has providedcomprehensive services and programs for New Jersey entrepreneurs to help expand their operations, manage their growth, or start new ventures. 

Up until recentlyNJSBDC’s consulting services focused primarily on core operational activitiessuch as helping entrepreneurs develop business plans, obtain financing, identify new markets, develop marketing and sales strategies, learn recordkeepingand accounting skills, find procurement and international trade opportunities, commercialize technology, and develop an E-commerce presence. 

Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and its long-standing working relationship with the Bureau of Energy and Sustainability (BES) at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)the NJSBDCnetwork has now added sustainability as a new specialty to its vast repertoire of services. The new specialty offers prompt and easily accessible services and a business friendly approach to help New Jersey small business owners start or expand environmentally conscious practices. 

One component of the new specialty program focuses on the pro-bono and confidential management consulting services for which the NJSBDC is renowned!  Whether you want information about starting or expanding a sustainability program, or a strategy to help you deal with an existing environmental concern, the NJSBDC will provide you with an expert counselor who is knowledgeable in all facets of sustainability, energy conservation, waste reduction, pollution prevention, toxics mitigation, and disaster preparedness.  Continue reading

The BIG Ask

By Jerome Leslie Eben, AIA
AIANJ Member of the ArchiPAC Steering Committee

For those who do not know, ArchiPAC is the only federal political action committee (PAC) speaking up for members of the AIA. The mission has been and continues to be to support candidates running for the US House and Senate who support AIA’s initiatives to preserve the profession and promote positive solutions for the built environment. The Stearing Committee works with both sides of the aisle and this has been a key strategy for moving the AIA’s legislative agenda through Congress.

In one way or another I have been involved with ArchiPAC for over a decade. Back in 2006 we had jus 23 donations that totaled $3,351. Our numbers of donators and individual donations have steadily increased and by the end of last year, we had raised just over $10K.

With just two and one half months left we are some $3K short of that goal. Increasing our goal, which this year was to 10% above last year’s numbers, would elevate effectiveness and compete with our counterparts in the building and construction industry. By doing so we would in effect elevate the debate on Capitol Hill by bringing awareness to the issues that impact the practice of OUR profession from tax policies that affect cash flow to energy policies that impact how buildings are designed.

The above explanation leads to the BIG ask from me to all of you to make your donation before December 31st of this year.  It is easy to do so long as your check is not a corporate one. I am especially asking our entire current and past leadership to step up and make your donation and help with the ask so others will also contribute.

You can make your donation by visiting the contribution website ArchiPAC.org or mail a check payable to ArchiPAC to AIA Headquarters at 1735 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20006

Meet ARCHI

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Thank you
Jerry

[email protected]