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AIA PV’s NEW Historic Preservation Committee

The AIA-Potomac Valley Chapter is forming a Historic Preservation Committee to focus on important preservation topics in the Potomac Valley Maryland region. We encourage members and allied professionals to join and help us raise awareness of the value of older, important, existing buildings. Scott Paden, of OLBN in Rockville, has volunteered to chair the committee. … Read More »

IgCC Public Work Session Follow-Up Briefing 09/03/14

The Dept. of Permitting Services has held six public work sessions devoted to one or more specific chapters of the IgCC and proposed amendments. Here is the link to the 2012 IgCC, DPS proposed amendments, minutes of the public work sessions and stakeholder comments. After reviewing comments from stakeholders, we have revised our proposed amendments which will … Read More »

Montgomery County Entering Final Phase in IgCC Adoption

On July 16th, the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services (DPS) completed public worksessions on the International Green Construction Code (IgCC 2012), signalling that this code is moving towards adoption in the county in January 2015.  In August and September, the DPS will prepare a new draft of proposed code amendments.  Approximately October 1, the revised … Read More »

“Netizen” Architect – Georgina Thibodeaux, Assoc. AIA

“Netizen” Architect Georgina Thibodeaux, Assoc. AIA, AIAPV board member and Emerging Professionals Committee leader, had her thoughts about Convention immortalized in an interview on the podcast Archispeak. In addition to her excitement about the future of women in architecture – “There were five women presenters at the keynote . . .  and I checked off my bucket … Read More »

5-6-14 Advocacy Update: IgCC Next Steps; Carbon Emissions in Building Codes

Eileen Emmet, AIA-PV Advocacy Chair and Co-chair of our IgCC Task Force, provides the following information on upcoming activities related to the IgCC and carbon emissions in building codes. 1. The Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services has announced plans for stakeholder sessions to review and discuss possible adoption of the IgCC.  Throughout 2013 and early 2014, … Read More »

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2014 Architecture Week

Taking Architecture to the Public: Architecture Week 2014 This year, AIA Potomac Valley will observe National Architecture Week in April, coordinating with the AIA’s national awareness program celebrating architects and their achievements and the impact of architecture on our daily lives. We have many activities planned to engage the public as well as architects, with lots of opportunities for interaction. … Read More »

Tree Bill Implementation March 1, 2014 – Reminder

A message from the Montgomery County, MD, Department of Permitting Services: The County Council passed two bills last summer which involve permits and trees. Both take effect on March 1, 2014. The first bill (Bill #35-12, Tree Canopy Conservation) only involves certain sediment control permits. If you are applying for a sediment control permit to … Read More »


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Montgomery County Advocacy Updates – 2-11-14

Council hearings on the following bills are scheduled for February 11 at 7:30 pm: Subjects: Bill 10-14 – Buildings Solar; Bill 9-14 Buildings Renewable Energy; Bill 8-14 County Bldgs Clean Energy Renewable; Bill 7-14 Contracts Certified Green Bldg Program; Bill 6-14 Office of Sustainability Established; Bill 3-14 Buildings Energy Efficiency Standards; Bill 2-14 Environmental Sustainability, Building Benchmarking. … Read More »

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