Transformation Underway STRATEGIES: Governments Architects/Designers Design Schools

Strategies for Governments

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Turning the Building Sector from the primary consumer of energy and source of GHG emissions to the primary solution for addressing fossil fuel consumption and climate change will require immediate action and a concerted global effort from all those involved in the Building Sector.

Local Building Codes
Architecture 2030 released a guide for cities, counties, states and professionals to meet the energy and greenhouse gas reduction targets of the 2030 Challenge. Published in a white paper, Meeting the 2030 Challenge Through Building Codes*, the various building energy codes, standards, and rating systems in use today are correlated with the 2030 Challenge 50% reduction target. Using the code equivalents provided, existing codes and standards can be applied to achieve the reductions called for.
*NOTE: At this time, Meeting the 2030 Challenge Through Building Codes has not been updated to reflect new codes or the 60% reduction target of the 2030 Challenge.

The CRE Solution
Without swift intervention, the commercial real estate (CRE) crisis will cripple the economic recovery, raise unemployment, and lead to scores of small business and community bank failures. To avert this crisis, Architecture 2030 recommends Congress implement the CRE Solution a transferable tax deduction tied to specific energy reduction targets that will create 1.3 million jobs while restoring credit capacity and liquidity in the CRE market.

Building Sector Intervention Points
When developing government programs to affect change in the residential and commercial building sectors, such as for energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions, it is important to recognize each sector’s optimal intervention points, i.e. points where major transformations can most easily take place. Intervention points occur over the life of a building, from its inception to its demolition. In its white paper, Effective Intervention Points for the Building Sector, Architecture 2030 identifies the fundamental and critical points where change can take place.

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