Why the Concrete PCRs are So Important

Concrete, particularly due to its cement content, has the largest building product carbon footprint. About 5% of all global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from cement. “When it comes to building products, reducing the carbon footprint from concrete is one of the most significant actions that the building sector can take.” -Ed Mazria, founder and […]

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“New Reality” Grips America

  In 2007, Architecture 2030 published a coastal inundation study for over 100 communities in the U.S. Its findings: We are a Nation Under Siege.See the study and mapping here. Five of the Top 10 Global Cities Vulnerable to Coastal Flooding are Found in the U.S. According to an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development […]

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Carbon Visuals

UK based company Carbon Visuals “communicates carbon stories” by producing volumetric representations of greenhouse gases. This video provides a sense of scale for atmospheric pollution – both in total emissions and the rate of emission – by showing what the 54 million metric tons of carbon dioxide that New York City added to the atmosphere […]

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LCA/EPD-related Greenbuild Sessions

Life cycle analysis (LCA), Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and general product transparency are at the core of the 2030 Challenge for Products – in order to specify low-carbon products we need product-specific data. If you’ll be in San Francisco next month for Greenbuild 2012, check-out the following sessions that will get you up to speed […]

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LEED v.4 and EPDs

Incentivizing product disclosure It’s fall, which can mean only one thing: LEED is in the air. With Greenbuild a month away, here’s a look at one of the more exciting LEED v4 credits: MRc2: Building product disclosure and optimization – environmental product declarations. This proposed credit could be a key vehicle towards driving increased building product transparency […]

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AIA Portland Presents the 3rd Annual Portland 2030 Challenge Design Awards

First-Place Winner: Russel T. Joy Building, THA Architecture Runner-Up: Oregon State Hospital Replacement, SRG Partnership, Inc. & Hellmuth, Obata, Kassabaum, Inc. Honorable Mention: University of Wyoming Visual Arts Facility,THA Architecture & Malone, Belton, Abel, P.C. First-Place Winner: Russel T. Joy Building, THA Architecture Runner-Up: Oregon State Hospital Replacement, SRG Partnership, Inc. & Hellmuth, Obata, Kassabaum, […]

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Great American Cities Going 2030

Pittsburgh Joins Cleveland and Seattle, Launches a 2030 District 2030 Districts are forming in great American cities to meet the energy, water and transportation emissions reduction targets called for by Architecture 2030 in the 2030 Challenge for Planning. This week, Pittsburgh joined Cleveland and Seattle by launching a Pittsburgh 2030 District. Pittsburgh, a city transitioning […]

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U.S. Coal Consumption in Decline

In May 2012, the New York Times reported that “Coal and electric utilities, long allied, are starting to split. More than 100 of the 500 or so U.S. coal-burning power plants are expected to be shut down in the next few years. While coal still provides about a third of the nation’s power, just four […]

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Access, Info, and Transparency: 2030’s Technology Round-Up

Architecture 2030 is working with industry leaders and online technology innovators to provide extraordinary new resources for meeting the 2030 Challenges. Green Wizard: Paving the Way to Carbon Neutral Architecture 2030 has joined forces with the design and construction industry’s go-to-source for sustainable building products to greatly simplify finding and specifying materials that meet the […]

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Fossil Fuel Fairy Tale

“The Better to See You With, My Dear” and other fairy tales from the American Gas Association Everyone has heard the classic fairy tale of “Little Red Riding Hood” and the deceitful, greedy Old Wolf who has eaten the grandmother and now has his eyes on Little Red. It has been told to generations of […]

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