Design industry lagging in meeting AIA 2030 Commitment goals, says AIA

Only 4% of projects have met the 70% energy savings target.

October 26, 2016 |

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The American Institute of Architects released a report recently stating that the industry is lagging in meeting AIA’s 2030 Commitment goals

Each signatory to the 2030 Commitment program pledges to reach the goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, and the industry has a long way to go to meet that goal. Only 4% of projects so far have met the 70% energy savings target for 2015 building performance, with the average savings coming in at 38%. 

“We have made some progress in the overall program, with a noteworthy jump in the amount of buildings included in the report,” said Greg Mella, FAIA, Director of Sustainable Design at SmithGroupJJR and co-chair of the AIA 2030 Working Group. “But we are simply not making significant strides in crucial metrics that predict building performance. These findings should serve as a wake-up call to architects that there needs to be greater urgency to drive improved energy efficiency across their project portfolios if we are going to reach our ultimate carbon reduction goals.”

The AIA said that roughly six in 10 of signatory firms employ energy modeling early in the design process, a strategy that it says is critical to meeting the 2030 goals. “Seeing more firms including energy modeling into their workflow is one of the encouraging takeaways from this report,” said Andrea Love, AIA, Director of Building Science at Payette and co-chair of the AIA 2030 Working Group. “This is exactly the sort of broad, cultural shift that is required to make serious inroads towards carbon reduction in buildings.”

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