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What is Architecture 2030?

Architecture 2030 is a non-partisan, solution oriented research organization founded in response to the energy and climate change crisis in 2003 and formally established as a non-profit in 2006.”

Architecture 2030’s goal is to achieve dramatic and measurable reductions in the fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by transforming the way buildings and developments are planned, designed, constructed and operated.

Architecture 2030 (sometimes referred to simply as ‘2030’) revealed the true impact of buildings on climate change. Performing extensive research, 2030 discovered that the Building Sector is both the largest energy consumer (49%) and the largest contributor to GHG emissions (46%) in the U.S.

Architecture 2030 (sometimes referred to simply as ‘2030’) revealed the true impact of buildings on climate change. Performing extensive research, 2030 discovered that the Building Sector is both the largest energy consumer (49%) and the largest contributor to GHG emissions (46%) in the U.S.

This information, together with the timeline for CO2reductions mandated by the scientific community and the organization’s extensive knowledge and experience with buildings, led the organization to officially issue the ‘2030 Challenge’ in January of 2006. A global initiative, the 2030 Challenge calls for all new buildings and major renovations to reduce their fossil-fuel, GHG-emitting consumption by 60% today, 70% in 2015, 80% in 2020, 90% in 2025 and to reach carbon-neutrality (using no fossil-fuel, GHG-emitting energy to operate) by the year 2030.

From 2006 onward, 2030 has worked to educate and collaborate with key stakeholders to implement the 2030 Challenge at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as internationally. Through its website, research, publications, reports, keynotes and lectures, programs, events, diverse media outlets, and social networks, 2030 seeks to broaden adoption and implementation of the 2030 Challenge.

Now that you’ve gotten the long answer, why not visit our brand new website www.architecture2030.org if you’ve still got questions.