AIA 2030 Commitment Progress Report

An overview of the profession's yearly progress toward greater energy efficiency

NUIG Biosciences Research Building

The Biosciences Research Building at the National University of Ireland, Galway, a 2016 COTE Top Ten award winner designed by AIA 2030 Commitment signatory Payette.

The architecture industry is increasingly having an impact on the built environment’s energy efficiency and carbon emissions. The main vehicle: the AIA 2030 Commitment program. The AIA publishes a report annually on the progress of the 2030 portfolio; the newly released 2015 Progress Report is now available for download.

Participants have reported the performance of their firm portfolios for each calendar year since the program launched in 2009. Types of data collected include building type, area, baseline energy performance, and predicted energy performance. Among the data points: firm participation, total area and number of projects reported, percentage of projects that used energy simulation, and overall progress toward the 2030 goals.

Key takeaways from the 2015 Progress Report:

  • Projects reported an average savings of 38.1 percent, with 4 percent meeting the increased 70 percent savings target and an additional 3 percent meeting the earlier 60 percent reduction goal. Although we’re not meeting the goals as a whole, an increasing number of projects are meeting the 60 percent—now 70 percent—goals.
  • With the launch of the 2030 Design Data Exchange (DDx), we are helping design teams benchmark and target pEUI performance through a range of analytical aids to drive improved energy efficiency.
  • Energy modeling is a must to meet energy targets. This year, 59 percent of the gross square footage in whole building projects—roughly a 15 percent improvement over last year—used energy modeling.
  • Code adoption and compliance is driving increased energy performance in projects. In 2015, 30 percent of non-modeled projects exceeded 40 percent reduction over baseline, due to the fact that jurisdictions are taking action to adopt stricter energy codes.
  • In 2015, the number of signatories to the 2030 Commitment grew to 366 firms; we also saw a record 152 firms report, an 8.6 percent increase from 2014.

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NUIG Biosciences Research Building

Warren Jagger