DESIGN & PLANNING

A carbon neutral built environment begins with design and planning. Architecture 2030 is dedicated to empowering this sector to meet the 2030 Challenge targets and achieve a carbon neutral built environment by 2050. Architecture 2030 has developed education programs, initiatives, and resources that provide the tools needed to meet these goals, from a free online database of  low-cost sustainable design strategies to a 10 course online education series for continuing education credits.

The building sector is the single largest consumer of energy and producer of greenhouse gas emissions. This 10-course series, available on AIAU, will inspire architects to meet the 2030 Challenge through design strategies, efficient technologies and systems, and applying renewable energy resources.

> Access the AIA+2030 Online Series

The 2030 Palette is a free online resource for the design of zero-net-carbon, adaptable, and resilient built environments world wide. The database contains sustainable strategies for all scales of design, from building scale to regional scale.

> Explore the 2030 Palette

The Carbon Smart Materials Palette is an immediately applicable high-impact pathway to embodied carbon reductions, providing attribute-based guidelines for designing low/no embodied carbon buildings and specifying low/no embodied carbon products.

> Launch the Carbon Smart Materials Palette

A national and international zero-carbon building standard that applies to commercial, institutional, and mid- to high-rise residential buildings. Designers can use the ZERO Code as a guide to design a Zero Net Carbon building.

> Learn more about the ZERO Code

To implement the effective use of EPDs, an expert stakeholder group, facilitated by Architecture 2030 and CannonDesign, has developed an open-standard EPD Quicksheet. Created by and for designers and engineers, the EPD Quicksheet aims to simplify the process of reading, comprehending, and using EPDs, increase transparency in the building products industry, and support building professionals in achieving 2030 Challenge for Products goals.