462 and Counting

To date, 462 AIA member firms have joined the AIA 2030 Commitment. By joining the Commitment, firms connect with a leading group of professionals that are addressing today’s most pressing issues – climate change, sustainability, and energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the built environment.

In 2006, Architecture 2030 issued the 2030 Challenge, calling for all new buildings, developments, and major renovations to be carbon-neutral by 2030. To support this call to action, the American Institute of Architects created the AIA 2030 Commitment in 2010, a national program structured to help firms meet and track progress towards the 2030 Challenge targets.

Today there are nearly 1,200 firms, organizations and individuals that have adopted the 2030 Challenge. The AIA 2030 Commitment builds on the Challenge by providing a mechanism for firms to track and evaluate their current work and progress toward the carbon-neutral goal.

If your firm has not yet joined the AIA 2030 Commitment, we encourage you connect with your peers and sign up today. For a limited time, new Commitment signatories get the first course of the AIA+2030 Series for free. See below for more details.

Together, as we work to meet the AIA 2030 Commitment, we are making a difference – the U.S. building sector is currently on track to meet the reduction target set in the Paris Climate Agreement at 21% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

Questions about the AIA 2030 Commitment? Email AIA! 



Empower yourself and your firm with the AIA+2030 Online Series. For a limited time, this 10-course series is available as a Package Discount!

Learn how to design low carbon/carbon neutral projects with AIA’s newest certificate program, the AIA+2030 Online Series.

An AIA and Architecture 2030 co-production, 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 25 markets throughout the United States. The AIA+2030 Online Series offers the strategies needed to design high-performance buildings that achieve dramatic reductions in building energy use and emissions.

The AIA+2030 Online Series goes beyond theory-based education by providing practitioners with actionable tools and methodologies that directly impact building design and performance. Cumulative courses cover everything from building skins to passive systems, integrated daylighting, rightsizing, and renewable energy. You’ll learn how to design next-generation buildings that save money on energy costs, differentiate your firm in the marketplace, and contribute to a healthier, more sustainable carbon-neutral future.

For a limited time, purchase the ten course series at a 25% discount (automatically applied at checkout). Additionally, new signatories of the AIA 2030 Commitment will also get the first course of the AIA+2030 Online Series for free! Join Today.

Zero Net Carbon (ZNC): A Definition

ZNC sets a clear direction for both new and existing buildings towards a zero-carbon built environment.

The world reached a monumental consensus in December 2015 under the Paris Agreement – to limit global average temperature increase to “well below 2°C and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.”

The built environment is responsible for the majority of global CO2 emissions that contribute to climate change. Zero Net Carbon (ZNC) buildings address an urgent need to mitigate the CO2 impacts of fossil fuel based energy consumption.

A ZNC building is defined as:

a highly energy efficient building that produces on-site, or procures, enough carbon-free renewable energy to meet building operations energy consumption annually.

In a ZNC building, carbon-based energy consumption is reduced first through building design strategies and efficiency measures, then through on-site renewable energy generation, and finally through procurement of locally produced off-site renewable energy.

By establishing a net zero balance of carbon-free energy consumption, this ZNC definition can apply to all new and existing building types including those with limited on-site renewable energy capacity, such as buildings in dense urban environments.

By providing this broad platform for carbon emissions reduction, the ZNC definition is expected to play a significant role in guiding building design, development, and operations for professional organizations and policymakers.

“With the staggering amount of building and rebuilding that will take place worldwide over the next two decades, and the need to dramatically reduce carbon emissions, it is critical that we support a clear definition and approach for designing and operating zero net carbon (ZNC) buildings.”

– Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO, Architecture 2030

For more information about Zero Net Carbon Buildings, read the ZNC definition white paper issued by Architecture 2030, New Buildings Institute, and Rocky Mountain Institute.

China Accord

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China is currently urbanizing at a rate unmatched in human history. Projections indicate that, within 20 years, China’s urban population will grow by 350 million people, creating 221 cities with over one million inhabitants. In contrast, Europe has only 35 cities of this size. With one billion people living in cities by 2030, China is leading the way to an urbanized global future.

As it accommodates this massive influx of new urban residents, China has an unprecedented opportunity to create healthy, resilient, and integrated regional infrastructure, cities, towns, and buildings that are models of economic and urban sustainability.

The recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report concludes that in order to keep the global average temperature increase below the 2 deg C threshold established by the international community, global greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2020 and then begin a rapid decline. The magnitude of its urban development over the next two decades puts China in a unique position to lead the international community in meeting this target.

As building sector professionals working in China, we understand the responsibility and rare opportunity we have to influence urban development in China and throughout the world: to plan and design sustainable, carbon-neutral built environments that protect and enhance natural resources and wildlife habitats, provide clean air and water, generate on-site renewable energy and advance smarter, more livable communities.

China Accord

As architecture, engineering, and planning firms and organizations, we commit to the following targets for all new projects in China:

  • Cities, towns, urban developments, new buildings, and major renovations shall be planned and designed to be carbon neutral, meaning they use no more energy over the course of a year than they produce, or import, from renewable energy sources.
  • When reaching carbon neutral is not feasible or practical, cities, towns, urban developments, new buildings, and major renovations shall be designed to be highly efficient with the capability to produce, or import, all their energy from renewable energy sources in the future.

Sign the Accord

If your firm has offices in China, or has current or future plans for projects in China, we would be pleased to add your office as a signatory to this Accord. Simply complete the form below.

RFI Letter to Manufacturers

Request Embodied Carbon Information

The 2030 Challenge for Products is Architecture 2030’s initiative to reduce the embodied carbon impact of building products. At this time, requesting embodied carbon information from product manufacturers is the most significant action the design community can take to drive progress towards transparent product disclosures and, ultimately, low-carbon building products.

If you are an architect, specifier, or contractor, send the 2030 Challenge for Products Request for Information (RFI) letter to product representatives to make it clear that you are interested in the carbon impact of their product and that you would like to see a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) or, ideally, an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) to understand their product’s impact.

Download the RFI here.