In this White Paper, we provide concrete ways in which AEC professionals can have a positive role in addressing climate change. To that end, we offer:
An analysis of the most rigorous scientifi c study of global warming, the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, with particular attention to the built environment.
A review of 34 national, regional, state, and local climate change initiatives and their impact on the AEC industry.
Practical steps AEC professionals can take to cut greenhouse gas emissions in buildings using well-known technologies and methods.
We conclude with a detailed Action Plan—eight recommendations and 22 specific action items for AEC professionals and fi rms to implement in their work.