In the US and globally, buildings are the major source of the demand for energy and materials than emit by-product greenhouse gases (GHG).
In the next two decades, a staggering 80 billion square meters – an area equivalent to 60% of the world’s total building stock – will be built and rebuilt in urban areas worldwide, locking in energy emissions patterns for the next 80 to 120 years.
The AIA 2030 Commitment
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.
AIA’s 2030 Commitment is a method to track the performance of signatory architecture firms against Architecture 2030’s established benchmarks in the 2030 Challenge.
The AIA 2030 Commitment is a growing national initiative that provides architecture and engineering firms a consistent, national framework with simple metrics and a standardized reporting format to help firms evaluate the impact design decisions have on an individual project’s energy performance and trends across their portfolios.