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2030 Goes Code

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


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 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


Building Sector Intervention Points

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


Near-Term Phaseout of CO2 Emissions

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


Edward Mazria's Senate Testimony

Edward Mazria's Senate Testimony

On February 26, Edward Mazria was called before the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources to give expert testimony on reducing energy consumption in buildings. More


Meeting the 2030 Challenge Through Building Codes

A single chart provides the key to deciphering various building energy codes, standards and rating systems to swiftly meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets of the 2030 Challenge. More


Obama's Jobs Plan: A Cue from King Solomon

With regards to his Jobs Plan, President Obama would do well to take a cue from King Solomon. He should base his Jobs Plan on what he knows without question to be true: it is private sector investment that creates sustainable jobs, yet it goes against human nature to invest during an economic downturn unless it makes good financial sense to do so. More


The One-Year, 4.5-Million-Jobs Plan

Investing $30 billion in the private building sector to provide a ‘housing mortgage interest rate buy-down’ for homes that meet or exceed the initial energy reduction target of the widely adopted 2030 Challenge will create 4.5 million new jobs and $296 billion in direct, non-federal investment and spending while opening up a new $47.6 billion renovation market that could grow to $1 trillion by 2030. More


Oh, Those Sexy Building Codes!

Oh, Those Sexy Building Codes

Buried deep within the 1,428-page Waxman-Markey climate bill (H.R. 2454: American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009) passed by the House and now on the Senate floor, is Section 201, pages 320-348. It is this section that makes H.R. 2454 worth passing. More


Are 100 New Nuclear Plants the Answer?

Are 100 New Nuclear Plants the Answer?

How much energy could we deliver by building 100 new nuclear power plants in the U.S. by 2030? More


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