Date Added: Jul 2009
Builders look to architects to design buildings that help reduce carbon footprints - and many architects look to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for guidance. The AIA has taken a leadership role in green technology in several ways: by eliminating the production and distribution of paper for board meetings, by reducing travel and using virtual meetings, and through the planned availability of virtual tours of the association's renovation of its headquarters to reduce its carbon footprint. A common technology behind all these moves is Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. As a result of its efforts, the AIA has cut costs associated with paper use by 30 percent, decreased travel by 15 percent, and planned highly visual virtual tours.