In this issue:
· AIA Releases Statement on President Obama’s Infrastructure Initiative
· AIANY, Center for Architecture Inaugurates ARCHTOBER
· “Buildings=Energy” Exhibition Will Inspire Members
· AIANY, Urban Green Council Help Architects Crack the ECCCNYS-2010
· e-Calendar

AIA Releases Statement on President Obama’s Infrastructure Initiative
In anticipation of the President’s Infrastructure Initiative, the AIA is highlighting six policy measures to help generate jobs and move the American economy further along to recovery. The AIA released a statement on 09.02.11 called, “The Built Environment’s Role in the Recovery.” Click the link to read the full document, and click here to read the press release.

AIANY, Center for Architecture Inaugurates ARCHTOBER
AIANY and the Center for Architecture are launching the inaugural year of Archtober, the first-ever month-long celebration of architecture and design in NYC. This October, a festival of activities, programs, and exhibitions will take place every day throughout the month.

Archtober presents special tours, lectures, films, and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design. The many participating organizations aim to raise awareness of the important role of design, as well as build lasting civic and international recognition of the city’s built environment and the New Yorkers who create it. Special programming, access to sites, and their architects will bring new audiences to the participating organizations — all of whom are committed to promoting design excellence in NYC.

The Archtober calendar features more than 100 architecture- and design-oriented programs. Additionally, the “Building of the Day,” each of which recently received an AIANY Design Award, celebrates contemporary architecture in NYC with noontime building tours. The culmination of Archtober will be the Chapter’s annual gala fundraiser Heritage Ball at Chelsea Piers on 10.27.11, followed by the Party@theCenter.

“Buildings=Energy” Exhibition Will Inspire Members
Kicking off Archtober, the Center for Architecture will open the “Buildings=Energy” exhibition on 10.01.11. Using full-scale installations, models, and interactive diagrams, the exhibition will educate visitors about measures undertaken by architects, engineers, elected officials, and civic activists that aim to improve building performance and the environment. Strategies include: energy code compliance, embodied energy analysis in resource selection, the benchmarking of buildings, use of renewable energy systems, methods of energy harvesting, and lifecycle cost and operations management. The critical choices made during the building process will be on view with the aim to motivate design for a change.

AIANY, Urban Green Council Help Architects Crack the ECCCNYS-2010
AIANY and the Urban Green Council/USGBC have developed a four-hour course to familiarize architects and engineers with the 2010 Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State (ECCCNYS-2010), now mandatory throughout New York State. The course will address commercial buildings, including residential buildings more than three stories high. It will also address the Energy Conservation Code of NYC (Local Law 1-2011), which is more stringent than the state code. ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, an alternative pathway for meeting ECCNYS-2010 requirements, will be referenced but not covered in detail. Click here to register.

eCalendar includes an interactive listing of architectural events around NYC. Click the link to go to to eCalendar on the Web.