When nearly 200 nations signed the Paris Agreement in December 2015 — the first formal international accord to take action on on climate change – it sent a strong signal to global markets that the world economy must shift away from fossil fuel dependency.

In response to this historic agreement, a groundswell of local and sub-national governments have established ambitious goals to reduce the pollution that is linked to climate change – greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 80% by 2050 to zero by 2050. Since 2016 alone, mayors from over 9,000 cities worldwide have committed to climate and energy goals that meet the Paris Agreement. To meet these goals, many policymakers are now investigating the implementation of nearly zero or zero net carbon (ZNC) policies that will eliminate or dramatically reduce emissions from all new buildings by 2030, and from the existing building stock by about 2050.

Architecture 2030 partners with policymakers from local governments and stakeholders across the U.S. and international markets to analyze and accelerate the adoption of these critical ZNC policies. These initiatives include the following:

A framework of integrated policies for national and sub-national governments (state, provincial and municipal) to phase out CO2 emissions in the built environment by 2050.

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The Zero Cities Project supports 12 cities in the United States that are each developing a policy roadmap to achieve a zero-carbon building sector. Architecture 2030 joins a partnership of technical experts, policy specialists, equity and community engagement leaders and communications experts in developing solutions.

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The ZERO Code is a national and international building energy standard for new building construction that integrates cost-effective energy efficiency standards with on-site and/or off-site renewable energy resulting in zero-net-carbon buildings.

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The ZERO Tool is used to compare a building’s design or an existing building’s EUI, understand how a building achieves its EUI, and set EUI targets.

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