AIA 2030 Commitment by the numbers

See the numbers, take a step forward


Cooper Carry and Lake|Flato's Georgia Tech Engineered Biosystems Building, a 2018 COTE Top Ten award recipient. 69 percent predicted reduction from national average EUI for building type.

The drumbeat of news about effects related to a changing climate—and the resulting loss of life and property—refuses to stop. The 2018 IPCC report clearly communicates the urgency to take substantial steps towards reducing our energy consumption and combating climate change—for our well-being and that of our environment.

With 40 percent of US energy consumed by buildings, architects play a key role in making significant reductions in CO2 emissions. The AIA 2030 Commitment program offers architects a way to publicly show their dedication and track progress toward a carbon-neutral future. Since 2009, participants in the Commitment have reported the performance of their firm portfolios over each calendar year. The data, collected via the 2030 Design Data Exchange (DDx), includes building type, area, baseline energy performance, and predicted energy performance.

Firms who have joined the 2030 Commitment are already putting in the work. In 2018, the 2030 Commitment participants reported energy savings equivalent to the carbon emissions that would be avoided by taking all the cars in the state of Georgia of the road for an entire year.

Learn more about the impact 2030 Commitment firms are making in the 2018 By the Numbers report, now available for download.

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