Empower Yourself: The Complete AIA+2030 Online Series is Here

The much anticipated final course of the AIA+2030 Online Series has arrived on AIAU, marking the completion of this highly-rated professional education program.

Launching the AIA+2030 Online Series: Education to Meet the 2030 Challenge Targets

New Online Education Series is based on the successful in-person AIA+2030 Professional Series

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the first course in the new AIA+2030 Online Series, an educational program aimed at providing American Institute of Architects (AIA) members and other design professionals with the high-performance building knowledge necessary to meet the 2030 Challenge targets.

The AIA and Architecture 2030 co-production (in partnership with AIA Seattle) is sponsored by Autodesk and delivered through AIAU, the AIA’s online education portal. The ten one-hour courses of the Online Series are based on the highly successful AIA+2030 Professional Series that has been offered to over 30% of AIA’s membership in 27 markets throughout the United States and Canada.

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The AIA+2030 Online Series helps design professionals create buildings that meet the energy efficiency targets of the 2030 Challenge, offering strategies to reach a minimum of a 70% reduction in building energy consumption and fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions today, increasing to carbon neutral for new building designs by 2030.

These energy consumption reductions result in significant savings in energy costs, and the ability to design such high-performing buildings provides firms with capabilities that will set them apart in the marketplace.

“This is the first comprehensive program in the U.S. that educates the architectural profession in specific design and technology applications to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions,” said Edward Mazria, Architecture 2030 Founder and CEO.

“In order to make significant progress towards energy reduction targets, we’re acting to increase energy literacy within the profession,” said AIA EVP / CEO, Robert Ivy, FAIA. “This series will help showcase the power that early conceptual analysis has to increase the ability of architects to build bottom-line value into their design projects.”

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25 AIA Chapters and organizations from across North America have currently offered the in­-person AIA+2030 Professional Series, which was created by the American Institute of Architects Seattle and Architecture 2030, with support from the City of Seattle and Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.

The AIA+2030 Online Series will have the potential to reach more than 80,000 professionals in geographically diverse regions in all 286 AIA Chapters worldwide, providing them with the knowledge needed to achieve the 2030 Challenge targets.

The second and third courses of the AIA+2030 Online Series will be released this fall, with the full series available by the end of 2016.

> AIA Members and Non-members can access the first course here.

Access, Info, and Transparency: 2030’s Technology Round-Up

Architecture 2030 is working with industry leaders and online technology innovators to provide extraordinary new resources for meeting the 2030 Challenges.


Green Wizard: Paving the Way to Carbon Neutral

Architecture 2030 has joined forces with the design and construction industry’s go-to-source for sustainable building products to greatly simplify finding and specifying materials that meet the 2030 Challenge for Products.

GreenWizard, a technology leader and market influencer with over $10 billion in project purchasing power, is integrating the Products Challenge into their cloud-based project management platform, making the carbon footprint results of Environmental Product Declarations and Life Cycle Assessments freely searchable and accessible online.

Concrete, which is the leading contributor of greenhouse gases among building products will soon become the first material incorporated into the GreenWizard tool. Expect additional updates as this feature continues to grow.


Lucid: The Future of Tracking Performance Has Arrived

Though an unprecedented voluntary effort to make energy, water, and transportation data for commercial buildings available to the public, the Seattle 2030 District, in partnership with Lucid Design Group, is now openly tracking its progress towards meeting the 2030 Challenge for Planning online.

Lucid is the pioneer of real-time feedback technology for buildings. Their Building Dashboard® platform – touted as “the first social network for buildings” – is used by the world’s leading companies, organizations and institutions to better understand their energy and water use and, through sharing and collaboration (and a little friendly competition), spur creative solutions for curbing consumption.

The Seattle 2030 District Dashboard, monitors the entire Seattle 2030 District as well as individual buildings. The tool is furthered enhanced by VehicleRunner, a transportation footprint solution developed by the Seattle-based software firm, Frontrunner, to gauge vehicle emissions from occupant commuters.


Honest Buildings: Plugging into the Real Estate Mainframe

Comprehensive data for over 1,000 buildings within the Seattle 2030 District, including 83 member properties, representing 20 million square feet of commercial space, are now featured on the rapidly growing real estate network, Honest Buildings.

This comes as Honest Buildings announced that it was releasing detailed profiles on 32,000 commercial and mixed-use buildings in the Emerald City. Since launching just three months ago, the startup sensation has amassed and released information on 450,000 U.S. properties, including images, typology, ownership, management, square footage, LEED certifications, ENERGYSTAR ratings, and more.

“This partnership provides a powerful catalyst towards our efforts,” said Brian Geller, Executive Director of the Seattle 2030 District. “Honest Buildings is an ideal platform for our professional stakeholders to showcase their work and illustrate how they are helping District members to meet our ambitious energy, water, and transportation emissions reduction goals.

Explore the Seattle 2030 District at honestbuildings.com.


AIA+2030: Connecting With the Nation’s Zero-Carbon Experts

In just a few years, the AIA+2030 Professional Education Series has reached over 1,000 architects and engineers in 22 cities across the U.S. – providing real-world training and expertise on meeting the 2030 Challenge. This is just the beginning; AIA+2030 is in high demand.

Now, Architecture 2030 has embarked on a campaign with the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) to expand the Series directory of preeminent experts in carbon-neutral and zero-net-energy design.

To add your name to the list of potential AIA+2030 educators, click here.

New York and Boston Now Offering AIA+2030 Education

This year’s nationwide rollout of the AIA+2030 Professional Education Series now includes two of the largest chapters in the nation, The Boston Society of Architects/AIA and AIA New York which is producing a new Sustainability by Design Series for meeting the 2030 Challenge in New York City.

With the addition of these two chapters, the AIA+2030 Professional Education Series is now being offered to 25% of AIA members nationwide. To date, eighteen chapters have signed on to offer this comprehensive, ground-breaking curriculum that includes strategies to reach or exceed the 60% fossil fuel reduction target of the 2030 Challenge. AIA+2030 gives design professionals the knowledge and leverage to create next-generation, super-efficient buildings—and provide firms with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace.

Find out more about the “wildly popular” AIA+2030 Series and how to participate at  http://www.aiaplus2030.org/.

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 www.aiaplus2030.org.

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


“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.