Energy-efficient new construction ensures that total building energy demand is minimal, enabling carbon-free renewable energy sources to easily meet demand.
Achieving zero carbon new buildings today is not as difficult as it may once have seemed. The knowledge and technology are available in all climates, and the health, economic, and environmental benefits are well documented. Zero carbon buildings are even supported by current building energy codes—namely the national and international Zero Code (ASHRAE 90.1-2019) and the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code. Both yield highly efficient buildings that, when coupled with renewable energy for building operations, result in zero operational emissions.
Architecture 2030’s mission is to rapidly transform the built environment from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central solution to the climate crisis.