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 school children.
In the most recent rendition of this fable, the American Gas Association and Federal Performance Contracting Coalition seem to have swallowed up a Congressional Committee and now have their eyes on both Federal agencies and the U.S. taxpayer. More
Architecture 2030 Founder and CEO Edward Mazria is one of five winners of the 2011 Purpose Prize, an annual award for social entrepreneurs over 60 who are using their experience and passion to make an extraordinary impact on some of society’s biggest challenges. More
With the nuclear reactor crisis in Japan continuing to unfold, an important discussion has been taking place in the U.S. about the current and future role of nuclear energy and our aging nuclear reactors. We have noticed that in the media, there is sometimes a gap between what is being stated as fact, and what is actually fact. For example, prominent U.S. officials have stated recently, "We get 20 percent of our energy right now in the United States from nuclear power." In fact, nuclear power is responsible for 8.6% of total U.S. energy consumption. More
An independent analysis conducted by Architecture 2030 illustrates that the Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative (BBI) can put the nation’s commercial real estate (CRE) market on the road to recovery, creating at least 300,000 new U.S. jobs and boosting tax revenue to begin putting money back into federal, state, and local coffers.
The Administration’s BBI plan, unveiled early last month, mirrors similar CRE tax incentives called for by Architecture 2030 in the CRE Solution (June 2010). More
Architecture 2030 unleashes the power of the pen with the 2030 Challenge for Products, a bold new initiative to reduce the embodied carbon in building products. More
The annual Design Futures Council 2010 Sustainable Design Survey of 240 design industry leaders in the U.S. was released this month, ranking Architecture 2030 among the top three most effective organizations (USGBC, AIA, and Architecture 2030) advancing green building design and construction in the U.S. today. More
On October 31, code and government officials meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina voted to improve the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) standard by 30% beyond the 2006 IECC as called for by Architecture 2030, and by a large coalition including the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of State Energy Officials, congressional officials and the broad-based Energy Efficient Codes Coalition (EECC) of which Architecture 2030 is a member. More
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 that Congress implement the ‘CRE Solution’, providing a 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. More
A New White Paper from Architecture 2030 identifies the critical intervention points for major transformation to affect change in the residential and commercial building sectors. More
NASA/NREL/Architecture 2030 - The global climate problem becomes tractable if CO2 emissions from coal use are phased out rapidly and emissions from unconventional fossil fuels (e.g., oil shale and tar sands) are prohibited. This paper outlines technology options for phasing out coal emissions in the United States by ∼2030. More