Measuring Industry Progress Towards 2030 (TH247)
William J. Worthen, LEED AP
Altering current design and construction practices to reduce the use of natural resources and non-renewable energy sources, to address the problem of waste production, and to promote regeneration of natural resources will require a multiple-year effort. The AIA 2030 Commitment is a growing national initiative for entities working in the built environment to transform the way we practice. It asks these organizations to make a pledge, to develop multi-year action plans, and to implement steps that can advance AIA's goal of carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030.The purpose of this initiative is to transform how we approach practice by focusing on the entire design portfolio rather than on individual, exemplary projects. Rooted in the belief that good design is sustainable design, the intent was to develop a method of tracking and measuring progress towards the 2030 goals that was simple and normalized for firms of all types. Sustainable design goals should be incorporated into every project from the outset, not just those seeking green building certification. William Worthen, AIA LEED AP, will moderate a panel of firm principals presenting the reasons for joining the 2030 Commitment, the sustainable design and business strategies they have implemented within their offices and on their projects, and the challenges faced in transforming how they design projects and operate as a firm to reduce the negative impact of the design and construction industry on the climate. The session will also explore the tools being developed by the AIA to assist firms of all sizes and expertise levels in meeting the challenge.
There are not many notes I can provide beyond the session blurb. They really just did an overview of AIA 2030 Commitment and how it is different from the 2030 Challenge. Essential the difference is a commitment to provide documentation showing potential project energy use at a very high level on an annual basis. The predicted energy use is all that is and can be reported. There is not way to report actual from the design side. There were obvious concerns around whether this is really useful. Owners and users will inevitably use the building somewhat differently than what the energy modeler assumed. The first version of the 2030 Commitment Report is available online here.