The AIA+2030 Professional Series Goes National

A new website and a national rollout for the AIA+2030 Professional Series™

Architecture 2030 and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle have unveiled a nationwide program to prepare architects and designers for the new energy future.

The AIA+2030 Professional Series is coming to seven major AIA chapters across the country in 2011 in order to provide critical training for building design professionals on meeting the 2030 Challenge targets.

The program, which was developed by AIA Seattle and Architecture 2030 in partnership with BetterBricks and the City of Seattle, has already enjoyed enormous success in Seattle, with sold-out sessions in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, the series will be offered in Seattle again, along with Atlanta, Denver, Idaho, Houston, Portland, and Washington, D.C.

“Together we share a commitment to helping our members make a difference through good design. Nowhere is this more important than in the area of energy and greenhouse gas reduction.”
Lisa Richmond
Executive Director, AIA Seattle

The Series consists of 10, four-hour sessions taught by regional design professionals and educators, each exploring the various design strategies and technological applications needed to meet the 2030 Challenge targets and create environmentally resilient buildings. Professionals leave with practical information on designing next-generation buildings, which in turn provides firms with the skills needed to compete for federal, state, and local projects.

“The AIA+2030 Professional Series training is critical for architects and designers. Building Sector professionals need the tools to implement the 2030 Challenge targets because its coming and its coming fast.”
Edward Mazria
Founder and Executive Director, Architecture 2030

AIA Denver and AIA Portland will inaugurate the rollout, launching their series in January 2011. To learn more, visit

To learn how you can bring the AIA+2030 Professional Series to your local AIA chapter, contact Program Manager, Cassandra Delaune, at

“One of the most significant and usable workshop programs I have seen so far for actually incorporating the specifics of Architecture 2030 into our work.”
AIA+2030 Professional Series Participant

Watch the AIA+2030 Professional Series testimonial video here.

Additional Cost? What Additional Cost?

By Edward Mazria, Architecture 2030

Red Herring

Is the Cost Question a Red Herring?I have been asked many times, “How much will it cost to implement the 2030 Challenge targets?”

My answer is always the same. The question to ask is, “How much will I save if I meet the 2030 Challenge targets?”

Let me explain…

When designing a building, hundreds of decisions and choices will be made. For each decision or choice there are hundreds, maybe thousands of available options, and each option has an associated (and different) cost.

Decisions and choices are made about design – the location of a building on a site, building size, shape, color and orientation, size and location of fenestrations, shading devices, and natural ventilation, heating, cooling and daylighting strategies to name just a few. Design decisions are usually associated with no-cost, low-cost or cost saving options.

Decisions and choices are also made about structure – steel, concrete, wood or metal frame, heavy timber, concrete block, brick, stone, pre-cast concrete or structural insulated panels – and about systems and materials – radiant or forced air heating, exposed or concealed ductwork, lighting systems and fixture types; steel, aluminum, metal clad or wood frame windows with a paint or powder-coat finish, painted gypsum board or thin-coat plaster finish on metal or wood studs; vinyl, rubber or wood wall base; tile, carpet, sheet vinyl or polished concrete floors with integral or applied color; two or three coats of oil or latex paint with a smooth, textured, flat, semi-gloss or high-gloss finish; roofing material, fixtures, caulking, hardware; etc., etc., etc.

Building design is a complex process of trade-offs to meet a specific project budget.

The point is, the only design decisions, choices or trade-off’s that save owners or tenants money every month and reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, are ones that ensure a building design meets the 2030 Challenge targets.

Given the latest scientific projections regarding the impacts associated with business-as-usual Building Sector energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, an even more appropriate question to ask might be:

“How much will it cost (in infrastructure, historic and cultural asset losses and human and environmental distress) if we do not meet the 2030 Challenge targets?”

Note: The new 2012 IECC code update (30% better than IECC 2006) will meet the initial 50% energy reduction target of The 2030 Challenge

2030 Goes Code

ICCOn 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.

Adopted proposals offered by the U.S. Department of Energy, New Buildings Institute, AIA and EECC addressed the 30% improvement, laying a strong foundation for future IECC building energy code reductions.

“This is the first step on our way to carbon neutral buildings by 2030,” said Edward Mazria, CEO of Architecture 2030. “The next steps include timely state and local government adoption of the new code and improving the IECC code standard by 50% beyond 2006 IECC in 2015.”

The 50% improvement will meet the next energy reduction target called for by the 2030 Challenge and by legislation passed in the House of Representatives (HR.2454) and in Senate Bills S.1462 and S.3464.

“It is notable that the votes that will have the most profound impact on national energy and environmental policy this year weren’t held in Washington or a state capital, but by state and local officials assembled in Charlotte, NC,” said William Fay, EECC Executive Director.

At the meeting, government voting representatives also rejected efforts by some to weaken the IECC’s efficiency standard by allowing less building improvements in exchange for more efficient equipment. “Efficiency shouldn’t be an either/or proposition,” said Fay. “We need to improve the efficiency of both our building envelopes and our equipment.”

It is important to note and thank all those who have adopted and are now implementing the 2030 Challenge targets. Their leadership puts pressure on government legislators and officials to pass meaningful energy legislation and improve building energy code standards.
A special thanks goes to all our colleagues at the EECC for their tireless work leading up to and during the International Code Council hearings.

*30% below IECC 2006 meets the 2030 Challenge initial 50% energy reduction target called for by Architecture 2030 in 2006 (see Meeting the 2030 Challenge Through Building Codes). The 2030 Challenge target for 2010 is 60% below the regional average site energy use for each building type.

AIA Portland First to Present 2030 Challenge Design Awards

Built Winner: Opsis Architecture
Built Winner: Opsis Architecture
Built Winner: Opsis Architecture
Built Winner: Opsis Architecture
As Designed Winner: SERA Architects
As Designed Winner: SERA Architects
As Designed Winner: SERA Architects
As Designed Winner: SERA Architects

Architecture 2030, in collaboration with AIA Portland and their Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the BetterBricks Initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, presented the first ever 2030 Challenge Design Awards in recognition of design excellence towards meeting the 2030 Challenge reduction targets. The awards were presented at Portland AIA COTE’s annual Green Champion Summit. Winners were selected from projects submitted for the AIA Portland’s 2010 Design Awards.

This year’s entries to the AIA Portland Design Awards included many excellent projects with projected energy usage that meets or exceeds the 2030 Challenge targets. In addition to reduced energy consumption, which is the hallmark of meeting the 2030 Challenge, submissions were required to include a calculation of operational carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions- building on the previous two years when the calculations were optional. For the general Design Awards, jurors were made aware of these CO2 calculations so to consider them along with other design elements.

The following Portland 2030 Challenge Design Awards were presented at Portland AIA COTE’s annual Green Champion Summit:

As Built Category Winner:
Opsis Architecture for Hood River Middle School

As Built Category Runner-Up:
Hennebery Eddy Architects for Willamette University Ford Hall

As Designed Category Winner:
SERA Architects for Edith Green/Wendell Wyatt Federal Building

As Designed Category Runner Up:
Hennebery Eddy Architects for PCC Newberg Center

AIA Portland’s adoption of the 2030 Challenge design targets and its incorporation of the CO2 emissions calculations into the competition demonstrate a commitment to a low-carbon future and step forward in understanding the full meaning of design excellence.

Architecture 2030 looks forward to seeing all AIA components adopt 2030 Challenge targets as part of their competitions.

Targeting 100! Envisions a High Performance Hospital Meeting 2030 Challenge Targets

Buildings in healthcare use an immense amount of energy; approximately 4% of all energy consumed in the United States today, and hospitals are responsible for an enormous amount of greenhouse gas emissions; one average sized hospital emits approximately 18,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually.

In their Targeting 100! study, researchers at University of Washington’s Integrated Design Lab in collaboration with NBBJ Architects, Solarc Architecture and Engineering, TBD Consultants, Cameron MacAllister, Mahlum Architects and Mortenson Construction with support from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (NEEA) BetterBricks Initiative describe how a team can design a hospital that meets the 60% reduction in energy use currently called for by the 2030 Challenge, at little additional capital cost. In order to meet this energy goal in the Pacific Northwest, a project must have a simulated energy performance of less than 108 KBtu/SF year. The project team set an EUI of 100 for its goal, which gave the project it’s name: “Target 100.”

See the results now in the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab’s Targeting100! Full Report.  

And, for another perspective, check out Imagining a Regenerative Healthcare System by Cary Cohen and Robin Guenther.
Scandanavian Hospitals, like Norway’s Akershus University Hospital above, have provided models for researchers at the University of Washington Integrated Design Lab in their Targeting100! Study.

How to Cut Energy Use by Half in Commercial Buildings

How to Cut Energy Use in Half in Commercial Buildings – DOE, NREL Reports and the CRE Solution

The U.S. Department of Energy and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has recently added large office buildings and large hospitals to its inventory of technical reports that provide recommendations on how to achieve a 50% energy savings as compared to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004 (prior reports include General Merchandise, Grocery Store, Lodging and Medium Offices). This reduction below code will achieve buildings that meet the current 60% reduction target called for by the 2030 Challenge.

Taken together with Architecture 2030’s recent release of the CRE Solution, a proposed 3-year, tax deduction program that encourages commercial property owners to complete substantive efficiency renovation projects, these DOE technical reports offer promising recommendations for achieving the transformation of commercial buildings in the U.S.  The CRE Solution’s deduction would be granted on the full value of qualifying efficiency improvements up to a maximum amount. It is designed to be fully transferable to a new owner and tradeable for cash for the life of the deduction. The CRE Solution would amend the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction (26 U.S.C. 179(d)) from $1.80 per sq.ft. to a range of $3.00 to $9.00 per sq.ft. for meeting energy reduction targets seen below:

View the first Technical Support Document, Strategies for 50% Energy Savings in Large Office Buildings (pdf), the second Technical Support Document: Large Hospital 50% Energy Savings (pdf) and NREL’s prior reports listed above available on For more information, visit the Building Technologies Program web site.

Architecture 2030 at the National Academy of Sciences

Edward Mazria will present Architecture 2030’s research and findings to the National Academy of Sciences, Distinctive Voices at the Jonsson Center, lecture series in Woods Hole, on Tuesday, September 14, 7:00 p.m.

This compelling argument for achieving energy reductions in the Building Sector titled, “America: On the Brink,” explores the most significant crises and the greatest opportunities for change in modern times. Three profound, world-altering events are converging to create this crisis and opportunity: the warming of the earth’s atmosphere caused by burning fossil fuels, the rapid depletion of global petroleum and natural gas reserves and the current long recession. As these events intensify, they will dramatically change how we live, build and relate to the natural world.

Admission and parking are free but please register for individual events, as seating is limited. Please call (508) 289-4630 for availability and reservations. A continuing dialogue and reception will follow the presentation. The Jonsson Center is located at 314 Quissett Avenue in Woods Hole.

East Coast Green Comes to the Jersey Shore

Architecture 2030 is gearing up for a productive and informative conversation at this year’s East Coast Green: Meeting the Architecture 2030 Goals conference September 16th and 17th in Atlantic City.

Co-hosted by AIA New Jersey, the Committee on the Environment and USGBC New Jersey, this conference will focus on benchmarking the Building Sector’s progress towards meeting the 2030 Challenge and to discuss what still needs to be done. Architecture 2030 is particularly excited to participate and contribute to this large, regional conference focused on the 2030 Challenge.

The conference will be held at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino and feature 40 presenters, as well as the three keynote speakers: president of Waterkeeper Alliance, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., founder of Architecture 2030, Edward Mazria, and internationally recognized proponent and practitioner of sustainability, Bill Reed.

Topics to be covered include Legislation, Codes/Metrics, Planning, Buildings, and Tectonics. Building sector professionals from the entire region will be participate, and the conference will be preceded on Sept. 15 by a full day of workshops sponsored by the New Jersey chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

There will be over 30 courses, all of which are eligible for AIA and USGBC continuing education credits. To register, visit the East Coast Green website at and click the “Register to Attend Here” tab. Pricing varies depending on the package — two-day pass, one-day pass or a la carte items. “Early Bird” rates are available through July 31 as well as discounts for AIA members, government officials, educators and students.

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2030 Challenge Committee Shines a Light on Canadian Projects

Architecture Canada’s RAIC 2030 Challenge Committee is calling for project submissions to highlight Canadian projects that are meeting the 2030 Challenge.

RAIC 2030 Challenge Committee logo

The Committee is currently asking for submissions in order to identify, publish and promote energy-efficient commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-residential Canadian projects completed in the past ten years with the goal of identifying projects that satisfy the 2030 Challenge’s intended targets.

This effort will draw attention to progress that is being made in Canada towards meeting the 2030 Challenge and we look forward to learning more about these exciting projects. The 2030 Challenge targets for energy and fossil-fuel emissions reductions in buildings can be found on our website.

For full details on the submission process, visit Architecture Canada’s website.

For more information see today’s article in the Daily Commercial News and Construction Record.