2030 Commitment Report Released

Architects in the 2030 Commitment save more than 16 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in 2016

The AIA released 2030 By the Numbers, the 2016 progress report assessing the work of architecture firms that are part of the AIA 2030 Commitment. The commitment is a voluntary initiative to commit their practices to advancing the AIA’s goal of carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030. Read the highlights from the report:

  • The potential energy savings from all 2016 projects represent approximately 16.7 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of running almost five coal-fired power plants or powering 1.76 million homes for a year (EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator).
  • Projects reported an average predicted energy use intensity (pEUI) savings of 42 percent in 2016, climbing from 38 percent in 2015.
  • 53 new firms joined the commitment in 2016, which creates a total of more than 400 firms participating in the effort.

Read the full report.

AIA Opposes Withdrawal from Climate Agreement; Suggest Next Steps for Architects

On June 1, the American Institute of Architects reaffirmed its commitment to climate change mitigation and announced it was opposing the Administration’s decision to withdraw the United States as a signatory to the Paris Agreement. That accord, signed in late 2015 within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), commits the international community to fighting harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

“The AIA will not retreat from its long-established efforts to conserve energy and to deploy renewable resources in buildings,” said AIA President Thomas Vonier, FAIA. “We will continue to lead in efforts to curb the use of fuels and technologies that needlessly pollute our atmosphere and harm our environment. This makes good sense economically, and it is in the best interests of those we serve: our clients and the public.”

The AIA has long been committed to fostering a more sustainable and resilient built environment by helping architects gain the skills and knowledge to design better buildings; advocate for policies that promote sustainability; and raise public awareness about the role of buildings in combating climate change. (Read all the ways you can help address climate change here.)

What can you do to help design a more sustainable built environment and speak up for good design? Here are four easy steps:

  1. Send a letter to the editor of your local paper expressing your support for sustainable design.
  2. Sign on to the 2030 Commitment program to eliminate carbon emissions from your projects by the year 2030.
  3. Join the AIA Legislative Action Network, to help advocate for policies that foster a more sustainable built environment.
  4. Learn more about incorporating energy conservation and resilience into design via the AIA’s climate change resource page.

Together, architects can help their clients and communities build a more sustainable, resilient and prosperous world.

6/15/17 Update: AIA Virginia Affirms Commitment to Principles of Paris Climate Agreement.