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Climate Positive Design of the Exterior Built Environment

Architecture 2030 releases new aggregations of International Energy Agency (IEA) data indicating that the exterior built environment’s infrastructure and sitework impact has been underrepresented.

Accelerating to Zero by 2040!

On September 26th and 27th an extraordinary event took place in Chicago – the CarbonPositive‘19 SUMMIT. The Summit convened the leadership of top 50 Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) and planning firms, AIA Large Firm Roundtable, and other key professionals…

50×30 or Bust!

We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030. If we fail, we are on a track to trigger “dangerous interference with the climate system.”

Achieving Zero: The “How-to” Framework and Toolkit for Cities

Introducing Achieving Zero: a “how-to” framework and a set of tools to enable cities and sub-national governments (state, provincial, and regional) to achieve crucial emissions reduction targets in the building sector.

On Track to Meet the Paris Agreement

The U.S. building sector is on track to meet the greenhouse gas emissions reduction target set by the U.S. in the Paris Agreement.

The Wall – A Shameful and Immoral Act

At a time when the White House is demanding Congress allocate billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S.–Mexico border, it might be wise to reflect on its real impacts.

U.S. Building Sector Emissions Down – The Driving Force: You!

Projected U.S. building sector energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the year 2030 have declined for eleven straight years since the 2030 Challenge was issued in 2005.

Trump/AIA. . . A Sleeping Giant Awakens

Recent events have awakened a sleeping giant. Now is the time to channel this newfound energy and work toward a carbon-free future, one that leverages the transformative power of design and planning to create a better world.

Zero Net Carbon (ZNC): A Definition

We propose a new definition to establish the path for a carbon neutral building sector. This definition applies to all new and existing buildings in order to dramatically reduce fossil fuel energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Achieving Zero

Achieving Zero is a framework of integrated policies for sub-national governments (state, provincial or municipal) to phase out CO2 emissions in the built environment by about 2040.

Its key implementation tools are building intervention points that align and integrate building energy upgrade policies with the capital improvement and major renovation cycles of existing buildings, as well as zero net carbon building standards that apply to all buildings.

The framework is structured to deliver energy and emissions reductions, rapid expansion of local renewable energy systems, and the development of equitable, resilient and healthy communities.