Architecture 2030 says carbon-reduction goals could be within reach

January 31, 2012 |
Dwight Perkins

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.”


NOTE: This information is the opinion of the author/blogger and not the official position of IAPMO.

Dwight Perkins | Codes and Standards

Dwight Perkins is the Senior Director of Field Operations for the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) and orchestrates the code adoption efforts of 11 other IAPMO Field Service regions as well as directly working with the state code agencies in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Oregon. Mr. Perkins has more than 35 years experience in the plumbing industry starting as an Apprentice in Alaska moving through the ranks to become a Journeyman Plumber and Business Manager of with UA Local 262. Prior to joining IAPMO, Perkins served in the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly while worked as Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. He is extremely familiar with the demands jurisdictions face on a daily basis and he is particularly well suited to address those needs. Mr. Perkins may be contacted at IAPMO at 503-982-1193 or email

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