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Architecture 2030

Seventy-six percent (76%) of all electricity generated by US power plants goes to
supply the Building Sector. Buildings are responsible for almost half (48%) of all
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually.

With this in mind, Architecture 2030, a non-profit independent organization, was
established by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. 2030’s mission is to rapidly
transform the US and global Building Sector from the major contributor of GHG to a
central part of the solution to the global-warming crisis.

To accomplish this, Architecture 2030 has issued The 2030 Challenge asking the
global architecture and building community to adopt the following targets:

All new buildings, developments and major renovations shall be designed to meet
a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance standard of 50% of
the regional (or country) average for that building type.

At a minimum, an equal amount of existing building area shall be renovated
annually to meet a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance
standard of 50% of the regional (or country) average for that building type.

The fossil fuel reduction standard for all new buildings shall be increased to:
*                60% in 2010
*                70% in 2015
*                80% in 2020
*                90% in 2025
Carbon-neutral in 2030 (using no fossil fuel GHG emitting energy to operate).

Already Architecture 2030 has made an impact:

US Department of Energy (DOE) moves forward with Zero-Net Energy Commercial
Buildings Initiative, by requesting proposals from its National Labs and
private sector companies to achieve cost-effective savings of 50 percent (50%)
above the standard set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and

Air-Conditioning Engineers for new commercial building designs, and a savings
of 30 percent (30%) for retrofits to existing buildings.
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has adopted a new plan, which
includes two strategies in line with the 2030 Challenge: to have all
residential buildings achieve zero net energy use by 2020, and to have all
commercial buildings achieve zero net energy use by 2030.

(NOTE: I used the actual term in the CPUC’s plan, “zero net energy use”, but
I believe “net zero energy emissions” to be more accurate. I’m not just being
picky here, there’s a difference.)

Oregon’s governor announces a 2009 legislative climate change package with
proposals for net zero greenhouse gas emissions for homes and buildings by

City of Vancouver adopts The 2030 Challenge. The City of Vancouver adopts The
2030 Challenge target of carbon neutral buildings by 2030.

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  1. Jannie Says:

    I had no idea that buildings were having that much of an impact on our Earth. I thought it was cars, but it does make sense when you consider all those massive structures being heated and cooled.

    It will be cool to follow and work with this.

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  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Jannie … Yes! It will be fun to see the conversions taking place along with the roofs going green as well! Some will plant veggie gardens to maybe rose gardens!

  3. Diane Scott Says:

    You dig up (no pun intended) the most interesting and informative information! Hopefully, it doesn’t take until 2030 to really start to see change. I’m hoping it starts this new year… 2009! Excellent post 🙂

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  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Diane … Thank you for the complement! 🙂

    I hope they can get it done by 2020 unless they change their minds.

  5. wilson Says:

    I loved this proposal, Linda and it would be a great relief to the Earth, if this can become a reality in year 2030!

    wilsons last blog post..Drinking Water is Not Only For Quench Your Thirst!

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Wilson … It certainly is on the agenda of thins to come

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