AIA’s energy initiative

Buildings are the biggest carbon polluters, accounting for nearly half of US emissions. Architects are at the center of reducing this impact and turning the tide against climate change, achieving impressive results.

We help architects, from solo practitioners to large multinational firms, implement smarter energy solutions that reduce energy profiles and benefit clients, businesses and the environment.

From planning passive solutions, like building massing, to encouraging better envelope design and renewable energy integration, we provide tools, education and research that address the challenges of energy performance.

How architects lead in energy

Architects can significantly alter energy use because they work with every phase of planning, design, building and occupancy. And the AIA is uniquely positioned to help.

Our work informs code development and improves energy use globally. We also support energy programs at the national and state levels, working with federal agencies and helping members advance progress in their communities.

The AIA 2030 Commitment

Our flagship energy program, the AIA 2030 Commitment, is a national initiative with more than 360 firms already signed on. We developed a framework that helps firms evaluate energy performance across their portfolio, understand how their buildings are predicted to perform compared to others in the 2030 Commitment program and reach carbon neutrality by 2030.

Get energized

Lowering energy use is a collaborative effort. You can join in by using our resources, advocating for energy efficient policies in your region or signing on to the 2030 Commitment.

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