AIA and BuildingGreen Sign Agreement

Washington, D.C., February 6, 2006--To help meet the growing green design information needs of its 77,000 members, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently signed an agreement with publisher BuildingGreen, Inc. The agreement allows for quick, cost-effective access to BuildingGreen’s well regarded sustainable design information for AIA members through the BuildingGreen suite of online tools. The agreement provides AIA members with an immediate 30% discount on new and renewing individual subscriptions to BuildingGreen Suite, which includes in-depth articles, case studies, news, and product information. The agreement also outlines a number of ongoing joint initiatives that further the AIA’s goals of promoting high-performance design and reducing the energy consumption of buildings, including access for members to articles from BuildingGreen’s award-winning newsletter, Environmental Building News, through AIA Knowledge Community publications, AIArchitect, and on the AIA web site ( The special discount on the BuildingGreen Suite provides AIA members with: • Online access to BuildingGreen’s GreenSpec Directory of product listings, cross referenced with articles and case studies and searchable by CSI MasterFormat section, LEED credit, and green topic; • Online access to 14 years of Environmental Building News articles, cross referenced with GreenSpec and searchable by CSI section, LEED credit, and green topic. “Information on sustainable design and building products is of growing interest to AIA members,” states Phil Simon, the AIA’s managing director for marketing and promotion. “This agreement with BuildingGreen allows us to offer our members streamlined access to critical information at a reduced cost,” he says. Alex Wilson, executive editor of Environmental Building News and president of BuildingGreen, comments, “BuildingGreen strongly supports architects in their quest to design high performance buildings. This agreement is a natural extension of our support and work with AIA and an opportunity to further strengthen our 14-year relationship with the thousands of architects who read and use our print and online publications every day.” The AIA and BuildingGreen will work together on several new fronts, bringing important articles and research directly to AIA members, implementing distance learning initiatives, and providing continuing education credits for architects acquiring knowledge through BuildingGreen publications. For the past three years BuildingGreen, Inc. has been a sponsor of the AIA Committee on the Environment's Top Ten Green Projects program, providing green building expertise and technical and logistical support to the submission and judging process and a display venue for submitted projects.

Related Topics:The American Institute of Architects, The International Surface Event (TISE)