COTE AIA|LA Reference Materials and Sustainable Resource Library

The GreenShelf is a digital archive of sustainable architecture research and reference materials. This is a “living” library initiated by COTE LA, and overseen but developed through AIA|LA member’s suggestions of articles, books, white-papers, conferences and organizations. Suggestions are welcome. Please email relevant reading materials to the COTE AIA|LA Chair and the AIA|LA Communications Office.


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CONFERENCES in Los Angeles


  • Drawdown—The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming edited by Paul Hawken
  • Carbon Neutral Architectural Design – Pablo La Roche
  • Can A City Be Sustainable?
  • Simplified Design of HVAC Systems, by W. Bobenhausen, published by Wiley, 2000.
  • Climate Design, by Donald Watson, and Kenneth Lab, published by John Wiley & Sons.
  • Design with Climate, by Victor Olgyay, published by Princeton University Press.
  • Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, 11th edition, by Stein, Reynolds, Kwok and Grondzik. Wiley, 2010
  • Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Design Methods for Architects,3rd Edition by N. Lechner, published by John Wiley & Sons.
  • Architectural Lighting, Second Edition. M. David Egan, Victor Olgyay. McGraw Hill, 2nd Ed, 2002
  • Simplified Design of Building Lighting (Parker/Ambrose Series of Simplified Design Guides), Marc Schiler, 1992)
  • EDUCATE Knowledge Base
  • Sustainability Workshop
  • 2030 Palette: A Resource for the Design of Low-Carbon and Adaptable Building Environments Worldwide
  • Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change, Sue Roaf, David Crichton, Fergus Nicol. Architectural Press, 2005.
  • Climate Considerations in Building and Urban Design, Baruch Givoni 1998.
  • HootMan Tom (2014), Net Zero Energy Design Guide for Commercial Architecture
  • Ed Mazria (2003), Turning down the Global Thermostat, Metropolis Magazine Oct 2003 p 103-107
  • Sue Roaf, Manuel Fuentes, Stephanie Thomas, Ecohouse, Third Edition, 2007.
  • William Mc Donough Architects, The Hannover Principles Design for Sustainability
  • Sustainable Urbanism, Urban Design with Nature, Douglas Farr, John Wiley and Sons (2008)
  • John T. Lyle, Regenerative Design for Sustainable Development (1994), p 105-140
  • Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism Dominique Gauzin Muller 2000
  • Brown, G. Z. Sun, Wind & Light Architectural Design Strategies. New York: Wiley, 2001.
  • Kibert, Charles J. Sustainable Construction Green Building Design and Delivery. New York: Wiley, 2007.
  • Lechner, Norbert. Heating, Cooling, Lighting Design Methods for Architects. Hoboken, N.J: John Wiley & Sons, 2008. (will be used in ARC 331)
  • Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2006. (will be used in ARC 331)
  • Szokolay, Steven K. Introduction to Architectural Science the Basis of Sustainable Design. Oxford: Architectural, 2003.
  • William Mc Donough Architects, The Hannover Principles Design for Sustainabilit





INTERNATIONAL Forums, Schools and Organizations


  • Heal The Bay - A nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy, and clean
  • Marine Animal Rescue: Peter Wallerstein, director of Marine Animal Rescue in Los Angeles County, has always forged his own path. For well over twenty years, Peter has been the first responder; the hands-on caretaker of ailing marine animals all over the globe
  • The Surfrider Foundation - A non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches
  • The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Global Green USA - The United States affiliate of Green Cross International fosters a global value shift toward a sustainable and secure world
  • Forest Stewardship Council - A non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management of the world's forests
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental public record resource including air, water, soil, and industrial studies. Also includes section on environmental law and regulations
  • Rocky Mountain Institute - RMI fosters the efficient and restorative use of resources so companies, governments and organizations are more efficient, make more money, and do less harm to the environment
  • Friends of Animals
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