2030 Curriculum Project: Pilot Underway

Innovative Courses Selected for 2016-2017 Academic Year

Seven courses have been selected to participate in the pilot phase of the 2030 Curriculum Project, Architecture 2030’s initiative to support university courses that ‘fully integrate lessons in energy use, emissions, and resiliency into the widest possible range of projects and topic areas, and across all year levels.’

Over 20 proposals were submitted from 18 US schools in 10 states, from graduate and undergraduate degree programs in architecture, planning, engineering, construction management, and real estate development. “The seven selected courses represent creative and resourceful efforts by individual faculty and program chairs to integrate critical issues of sustainability into core and early design studios, history courses, and other program areas where this material has not been traditionally or adequately addressed,” said Anthony Guida, Program Director at Architecture 2030. Over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year, Architecture 2030 will support participating faculty through course development assistance, software resources, connections to expert practitioners, and the continued development of the 2030 Palette.

Architecture 2030 will also share the details of these inspiring courses and their successful outcomes, so that they can serve as models for transforming the culture of design education in architecture and planning programs nationwide.

Here are details on the seven courses that were selected:

Ball State University, Architecture
Andrea Swartz, Olon Dotson, Michele Chiuini, Joseph Bilello, Enrique Ramirez, Wes Janz, Pamela Harwood, and Kevin Klinger
ARCH 401 Architectural Design, Fall 2016
An undergraduate 4th year comprehensive design studio on zero net energy (ZNE) and socially resilient housing in the post-industrial city, with multiple sections/instructors. Students will design in Fall 2016 and then construct a ZNE single-family residence in Spring 2017. Design instruction incorporates the 2030 Palette and energy modeling in Sefaira. 
Cal Poly Pomona, Architecture
Pablo La Roche
ARC 402 Carbon Neutral Design Studio, Winter 2016
An undergraduate topic studio focused on carbon neutral design. Instruction highlights high-performance design process and integrates Climate Consultant, the 2030 Palette, and multiple tools for energy and daylight modeling.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Architecture
Stacey White (with Margot McDonald)
ARCH 207 Environmental Control Systems I, Fall 2016
A successful early curricular model now in its 5th year, this is an undergraduate 2nd year environmental controls course that is fully integrated with a concurrent design studio (with up to 10 sections/instructors). Course instruction promotes energy modeling early and often, enabling high performance results while accommodating a diversity of design approaches.
University of Southern California, Real Estate Development
Liz Falletta
RED573 Design History and Criticism, Summer 2017
This design studio teaches the value of design and sustainable development to graduate real estate development students. Course instruction integrates the 2030 Palette and Autodesk’s FormIt and Insight360 into design proposals for a mid-rise infill development in urban Los Angeles.
University of Texas at San Antonio, Architecture
Ian Caine and Rahman Azari
ARC 6136 San Antonio 2040: New Housing Models for the Flat City II, Fall 2016
An undergraduate 3rd and 4th year topic studio that aims to develop increased housing density in the suburban condition while designing for all aspects of building performance, including 2030 Challenge goals, net zero carbon and water, as well as other measures. This studio incorporates Climate Consultant, Sefaira, and Athena, and is also participating in the AIA COTE student competition.
University of Washington, Urban Design and Planning
Rachel Berney
URBDP 508A Community Design, Planning, and Development in the Bajo Lempa, El Salvador, Fall 2016
A graduate planning studio on environmental management, sustainable agriculture, and the development of carbon neutral eco-tourism for the Bajo Lempa, El Salvador. The studio will use the 2030 Palette for analysis and produce a custom set of all-new Swatches, which will be part of a book on sustainable development lessons for/from this region.  
Woodbury University, Architecture
Kishani De Silva, Michael Pinto, and Catherine Roussel
Arch 620 Practice 1, Fall 2016
A graduate professional practice course taught through the lens of sustainability and resiliency issues. Weekly guest lecturers and student projects address energy policy, building codes, high-performance building practice, affordable housing, and other critical issues for practitioners in Los Angeles region and State of California.

The pilot phase of the 2030 Curriculum Project was made possible through the generous support of the Allen H. and Selma W. Berkman Charitable Trust.

Architecture School image by Aitor Aguirregabiria used under Creative Commons License

AIA: Help Save the Federal 2030 Challenge Targets

Section 433 of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act commits new construction and major renovation of U.S. federal buildings to follow the 2030 Challenge targets for the reduction of fossil fuel consumption – the same targets adopted by 70% of the top 20 architecture, engineering, and planning firms in the U.S., as well as the AIA, ASHRAE, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, many state and local governments, and numerous other professional organizations.

However, Congress is in the midst of negotiating the first energy reform package in almost a decade, including language to repeal Section 433 and its requirement to hold federal buildings to the 2030 Challenge targets.

The final stages of the energy policy negotiations will take place when Congress returns to Washington after the November elections. The AIA – which supports the 2030 Challenge targets through its 2030 Commitment program – is arguing forcefully that  “a strong message from the architectural industry on the importance of the 2030 targets will show that businesses can thrive while advancing sustainability.”

“The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its membership have worked with great success to reduce fossil fuel use in the building sector. They are now asking the architecture community to send a message to Congress not to repeal Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act.” Edward Mazria, CEO, Architecture 2030.

The AIA is asking architecture firms to sign onto a letter that the AIA is sending to members of Congress calling for the retention of Section 433. Firms wishing to sign on should do so by this Monday, October 24th.

> You can sign on and learn more about the AIA’s advocacy work here. 

Design Guidance Feature in Sefaira Powered by the 2030 Palette

Sefaira’s Design Guidance connects real-time analysis with the 2030 Palette’s library of high-performance design strategies.

Architecture 2030 and Sefaira (a Trimble Company) today announced Design Guidance, a new functionality in Sefaira Architecture. Design Guidance uses real-time analysis results in Sefaira Architecture to deliver customized guidance on how to improve a building’s performance, and points the designer to relevant passive design strategies collated in Architecture 2030’s 2030 Palette. Design Guidance was showcased at Greenbuild 2016, taking place this year in Los Angeles.

The 2030 Palette is Architecture 2030’s innovative online resource for the design of low-carbon and adaptable built environments worldwide. This free tool informs the design and planning process at the point of inspiration, presenting the best information and practices through powerful visuals and straightforward language.

“Design tools that enable architects and engineers to make informed decisions on energy use during the critical early phases of design are key to meeting the 2030 Challenge targets, but information to support the analysis tools is just as important.” said Ed Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030.

Sefaira Architecture already integrates the 2030 Challenge benchmarks directly into its real-time energy analysis, and now the integration of the 2030 Palette into Sefaira’s Design Guidance feature connects designers with the most appropriate passive design strategies, based on the energy-use profile of a given design.

Connecting Insight with Action

Since 2012, the Sefaira software for high-performance building design has enabled architects to quickly analyze building performance at the earliest stages of design. “We’re taking our support for Performance-Based Design a step further by providing users with project-specific design guidance,” said Sefaira’s Product Manager Kerger Truesdell. “Let’s say the biggest driver of energy use in your building is cooling, followed by lighting. Design Guidance will surface relevant links to the 2030 Palette identifying passive strategies to reduce cooling load and strategies to reduce lighting loads.”

Following the relevant links provided, users can explore the 2030 Palette’s online library of strategies, called Swatches, and decide which ones they want to test in their concept. The Swatches give users sound passive design principles supported by built precedents and questions to guide the refinement of their design. Not only does Design Guidance enable a project to achieve stronger performance, but it also increases designers’ understanding and mastery of Performance-Based Design solutions.

Available Now

Sefaira’s Design Guidance functionality is now available within Sefaira Architecture and will be demonstrated at Greenbuild in Los Angeles this week.

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