An intention of all ACSA competitions is to make students aware that research is a fundamental element of any design solution. Students are encouraged to research the various measures of sustainability as well as precedent projects from professional practice. These tools and resources will get you started, however you may use whatever tools and resources are available to you.


  1. COTE Top Ten for Students: INNOVATION 2030, Curriculum Addendum
  2. Spreadsheet: Percent of Stormwater Managed Onsite
  3. Two Year Rainfall Estimates
  4. AIA COTE website:
  5. AIA COTE Top Ten for Professionals Projects:
  6. Architecture 2030: 2030 Palette, The Zero Tool:
  7. Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings:
  8. Climate Consultant:
  9. The Construction Carbon Calculator:
  10. DeKay, Mark and G.Z. Brown. Sun, wind & light: architectural design strategies. 3rd ed. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Print.
  11. Hawken, Paul, Amory B. Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins. “Tunneling Through the Cost Barrier.” Natural capitalism: creating the next industrial revolution. Snowmass, CO: Rocky Mountain Institute, 2008. Available at: NCchapter6.pdf
  12. Kwok, Alison, and Walter Grondzik. The Green Studio Handbook, 2nd ed. Routledge, 2011. Print.
  13. La Roche, Pablo. Carbon Neutral Architectural Design. CRC Press, 2011. Print.
  14. Muller, Brook. Ecology and the Architectural Imagination. Routledge, 2014. Print.
  15. PVWatts Calculator:
  16. Wells, Malcolm. “A Regeneration-Based Checklist for Design and Construction,” Society of Building Science Educators, 2009.
  17. Society of Building Science Educators, 2009.


December 6, 2017
Registration Deadline (free) + Submission Site Opens

January 17, 2018       
Submission Deadline

Spring 2018                
Jury Convenes

April 22, 2018             
Winners Announced
Earth Day

June 20, 2018            
Design Futures Council (DFC) round table with jurors and faculty

June 21–23, 2018      
Reception and display at the 2018 AIA Convention in NYC

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