Architecture 2030’s ambitious energy efficiency and carbon-reduction goals appear to be achievable. According to newly released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Annual Energy Outlook (AEO), projections of residential and commercial building energy use in 2030 have been dropping since 2005—and are estimated to reach a 70% reduction due to improved design and performance measures.
The 2030 Challenge sets a target goal of achieving carbon-neutral performance by the year 2030, so while the latest AEO offers positive data, it is not a “mission accomplished” moment. “The good news is the train has left the station,” says Edward Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030. “The only question now is, are we on the local or the express? Our role is to ensure we’re on the express.”
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