Architecture 2030, in collaboration with AIA Portland and their Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the BetterBricks Initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, presented the third annual 2030 Challenge Design Awards in recognition of design excellence towards meeting the 2030 Challenge reduction targets.
This year’s Awards were again presented at the Portland AIA COTE’s annual Green Champion Summit on Thursday, October 18th. Architecture 2030’s Director of Research, Vincent Martinez was in attendance to present the Awards as he has done for the past two years.
“This year’s entries continued to show the high level of design and efficiency in the AIA Portland community. Architecture 2030 is very pleased to see that there are a consistent number of entries that continue to meet the 2030 Challenge 60% reduction target and beyond,” said Architecture 2030’s Director of Research Vincent Martinez. “It’s great to be attending the Summit in Portland and presenting these Awards for the third year in a row.”
Winners were selected from projects submitted for the AIA Portland 2012 Design Awards and, in addition to reduced energy consumption, the hallmark of meeting the 2030 Challenge, submissions were required to include a calculation of operational carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Jurors considered these CO2 calculations along with other design elements.
“AIA Portland continues to show leadership in their third year of requiring all design award applications to include building climate impact calculations, making a statement in both the opportunity and importance presented in every project in reducing energy usage and contributing towards stabilize our climate,” reports Joshua Hatch, Director of Sustainability Analytics at Brightworks and Chair of the Building Climate Impact Committee with AIA Portland COTE.
AIA Portland’s adoption of the 2030 Challenge design targets and its incorporation of the CO2 emissions calculations into the competition demonstrate a commitment to a low-carbon future and step forward in understanding the full meaning of design excellence. Architecture 2030 welcomes all AIA components to adopt 2030 Challenge targets as part of their competitions. More information about the 2010 and 2011 Winners of the Portland 2030 Challenge Design Awards can be found here and here.
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.