Introducing Achieving Zero: a “how-to” framework and a set of tools to enable cities and sub-national governments (state, provincial, and regional) to achieve crucial emissions reduction targets in the building sector.
The U.S. building sector is on track to meet the greenhouse gas emissions reduction target set by the U.S. in the Paris Agreement.
At a time when the White House is demanding Congress allocate billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S.–Mexico border, it might be wise to reflect on its real impacts.
Projected U.S. building sector energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the year 2030 have declined for eleven straight years since the 2030 Challenge was issued in 2005.
Recent events have awakened a sleeping giant. Now is the time to channel this newfound energy and work toward a carbon-free future, one that leverages the transformative power of design and planning to create a better world.
We propose a new definition to establish the path for a carbon neutral building sector. This definition applies to all new and existing buildings in order to dramatically reduce fossil fuel energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
Achieving Zero is a framework of integrated policies for sub-national governments (state, provincial or municipal) to phase out CO2 emissions in the built environment by about 2050.
Its key implementation tools are building intervention points that align and integrate building energy upgrade policies with the capital improvement and major renovation cycles of existing buildings, as well as zero net carbon building standards that apply to all buildings.
The framework is structured to deliver energy and emissions reductions, rapid expansion of local renewable energy systems, and the development of equitable, resilient and healthy communities.
At the heart of the Paris Agreement is the “long-term goal” committing almost 200 countries to keep the global average temperature increase to “well below 2°C” above pre-industrial levels .
Renovating New York City’s buildings to high-performance standards when they change hands is crucial to the City reaching its ambitious goals of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
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