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Why is AIA+2030 So Important?

Buildings are the major source of global demand for energy and materials that produce by-product greenhouse gases (GHG). Slowing the growth rate of GHG emissions and then reversing it is the key to addressing climate change and keeping global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

The Architecture 2030 Challenge

In order to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed, Architecture 2030 issued The 2030 Challenge asking the global architecture and building community to adopt the following targets:
  • All new buildings, developments and major renovations shall be designed to meet a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance standard of 60% of the regional (or country) average for that building type.
  • At a minimum, an equal amount of existing building area shall be renovated annually to meet a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance standard of 60% of the regional (or country) average for that building type.
  • The fossil fuel reduction standard for all new buildings and major renovations shall be increased to:
         70% in 2015
         80% in 2020
         90% in 2025
         Carbon-neutral in 2030 (using no fossil fuel GHG emitting energy to operate).
These targets may be accomplished by implementing innovative sustainable design strategies, generating on-site renewable power and/or purchasing (20% maximum) renewable energy.

For more information on the 2030 Challenge and Architecture 2030, click here.

The AIA 2030 Committment

The profession is confronting the fact that buildings are the largest single contributor to production of greenhouse gases and almost half of the total annual production. As architects, we understand the need to exercise leadership in our role in creating the built environment. Consequently, we believe we must alter our profession’s actions and encourage our clients and the entire design and construction industry to join with us to change the course of the planet’s future.

Altering current practices of design and construction to realize significant reductions in the use of natural resources, non-renewable energy sources, and waste production and promote regeneration of natural resources will require a multiple-year effort.

Raising public awareness, understanding the science in the solutions, and empowering people to try new technologies requires leadership and innovation. Therefore, we commit our firms to take a leadership role in reducing the energy consumption in the built environment by adopting the AIA 2030 Commitment.

For more informaiton on the AIA 2030 Committment, click here.

AIA+2030 Testimonials
E2 design: Architecture 2030
Excerpt from the PBS Series, narrated by Brad Pitt. Full episode.
The 2030 Challenge


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