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  • 03 Oct 2015 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    AIA Santa Barbara is hosting their annual ArchitecTours event showcasing 9 extraordinary homes and businesses. 

    This year's theme is " Buildings With a Story."

    Where: Santa Barbara, Ca.
    When: October 3rd from 10a.m. - 4p.m.

    Registration costs are*Early Bird pricing: 

    $65 for the general public 
    $55 for AIA members 
    $25 for students

    Five percent of the proceeds earned by the event will be donated to Habitat for Humanity for their next project in Santa Barbara County.

     For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.aiasb.com or call Tara Rizzizi at 805-966-4198. 

    The buildings on the tour can be previewed here.

    Press Release:(Santa Barbara, CA – August 19, 2015)

     The Santa Barbara AIA’s annual ArchitecTours, a celebration of local architecture, will showcase nine homes and businesses. The theme of this year’s ArchitecTours is ‘buildings with a story’.  

    Each of the nine projects features an intriguing personal or construction story that profile many of the design obstacles encountered during the building process.  This event draws attention to the extraordinary architectural legacy in Santa Barbara and the value of well-designed architecture to its surrounding community. Equally, ArchitecTours highlights the expertise that AIA architects possess including a thorough understanding and expertise in urban design, sustainability, accessibility, structural improvements, building materials, and historic renovation.  

  • 24 Sep 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    Learn how to master designing Low Impact Development Landscapes during this 1-hour free Lunch-N-Learn!

     (AIA Members can earn 1 LU for attendance) 

    Low Impact Development (LID) landscape features are designed to support storm water management objectives in addition to providing traditional landscape benefits.

    A successful landscape design for a LID project requires a synthesis of civil engineering and landscape architecture considerations during design, understanding of correct construction practices, and knowledge of long-term maintenance needs.

    This training will focus on aspects critical to a successful project, including:

    • Plant Selection 
    • Soils and Mulch
    • Integration with Specifications and Details
    • Construction and Maintenance Considerations
    When: September 24, 2015
    Pizza Lunch 12:00 Presentation 12:15 - 1:00 pm 
    Where: Cannon 1050 Southwood Dr. San Luis Obispo,  805.544.7407 
    Cost: Free!
    RSVP to attend in-person to: Training@CannonCorp.us

  • 29 Aug 2015 4:35 PM | Anonymous

    The Central Coast Green Building Council would like to recognize outstanding sustainable building achievements along the California Central Coast. The Green Awards highlight innovative design, construction, products, businesses, schools, governments and educational programs in our community. The juried awards process is based on specific criteria for each award category. Awards presented at this year’s Green Awards Gala: December 5th, 2015.

    Pre-Registration Aug 29th - Sept 14th

    Member: $ 75  Non - Member: $ 100

    Registration Sept 15th - Oct. 5th  

    Member: $100  Non - Member: $ 125

    Categories - Click on a category for submittal form. You may submit more than one project for any given category.

    Links to the forms:

    Green Homes

    Green Landscape

    Green Rehab/ Renovation

    Green School & Government

    Green New Construction

    Green Operations

    Green Innovation

    *To save your form and return to it later, make a free FormSite account login username and password. 

  • 09 Apr 2015 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    Check out these upcoming events in your community. Don't miss the BuildSMART Trailer at the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival April 18th & 19th!

    April 9th Eblast.pdf

  • 16 Oct 2014 10:42 AM | Anonymous
    The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the certification body for the global LEED® green building rating system, the WELL Building Standard®, the PEER™ program and other sustainability initiatives, announced today that it has acquired GRESB (the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark), an industry-driven organization committed to assessing the sustainability performance of real estate portfolios around the globe. “GRESB delivers the missing link by providing a framework for this measurement within and across portfolios,” added Fedrizzi. “The merging of our two organizations will provide an unprecedented view of global real estate that can help protect and enhance the value of its investments and contribute to a more sustainable built environment at the same time. This is a huge step.”

    The merger will provide the global real estate industry with a powerful set of integrated sustainability solutions, linking real time performance, asset certification and portfolio-level reporting to provide investment-grade data. These solutions will leverage GBCI’s established expertise providing rigorous third-party review, verification and training, which will be extended to the GRESB Survey in combination with GRESB’s unique capabilities to assess and benchmark critical aspects of environmental performance, social responsibility and corporate governance.  Together, GBCI and GRESB will provide investors with reliable information to inform global real estate investment decisions. 

    To learn more about this merger and these two organizations:

    Visit GBCI & GRESB

  • 08 Jul 2014 9:32 AM | Anonymous

    Paul Poirier + Associates Architects is a nationally recognized firm with a focus on sustainable design and a diverse project mix, including commercial retail, restaurants, civic and custom residential. We are seeking a full-time self-motivated Architectural Drafter with a minimum of 3 years AutoCAD architectural drafting experience to join our firm located in Santa Barbara. Candidates mist be client focused and have experience working as part of a team in a professional environment. This position requires the ability to work under the guidance of Architects/Project Managers while also coordinating with other team members. We are looking for a positive, dependable, responsible and conscientious individual who works well both independently and as par of a dynamic team.

    Candidate must have the following skills:

    - Proficiency in AutoCAD & Microsoft Office

    - Proficiency in Revit, SketchUp & Photoshop a plus

    - Ability to complete a full set of construction documents in AutoCAD and Revit

    - Ability to understand plans, sections, elevations, and working sketches, change orders, submittals, request for information, etc.

    - Excellent written and verbal skills

    - Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and prioritize

    - Architectural degree a plus

    Compensation dependent on experience, Poirier + Associates offers health insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick time to full-time employees

    Please send your cover letter, resume and work samples via email, PDF format files, 5MB maximum to Rose@sbarchitect.com No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

  • 07 Jul 2014 11:52 AM | Anonymous

    USGBC-C4 proudly presents the 2012-2013 Green Awards Book. This bi-annual publication features the best green projects from around the California Central Coast that participated in our Annual Green Awards Program. The 2012 & 2013 Green Awards had so many outstanding projects and we're excited to share them with you. Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you for participating and helping us in our journey to make sustainable communities available to everyone within this generation. Order Your Copy Today!

  • 07 Jul 2014 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Georgia Brown Elementary School in Paso Robles, CA for completing the Gateway to Green Schools Program! To celebrate this achievement, they held a school carnival filled with fun carnival games, face painting, and cotton candy as well as interactive lessons in recycling, composting, and gardening. During the celebration, Georgia Brown was presented with their $500 grant check for completing Gateway to Green Schools. Georgia Brown is looking to use the grant to invest in on-site rainwater catchment in hopes of reducing their impact on the growing water shortage in Paso Robles. Together, we can make sustainable communities available to everyone within this generation.

  • 19 Feb 2014 11:42 AM | Anonymous
    Zero Energy, Zero Water, Zero Waste, Zero Carbon...Building Beyond Zero
    USGBC-C4 has some exciting plans for 2014! Check out our 2014 Action Plan to see how we plan to engage and inspire the Central Coast Community. We look forward to building a healthier community and continuing our mission to make sustainable communities available to everyone within this generation. Contact us today if you want to get involved and help your community.


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