Attaining Net Zero: The 2030 Challenge
At WegoWise, we’re always on the lookout for cutting edge energy efficiency initiatives happening across the United States and world. That’s why today we’re excited to tell you about Architecture 2030, a non-profit organization committed to promoting the reduction of fossil fuel use in buildings. Well ahead of the curve in 2002, Architecture 2030 issued the 2030 Challenge with an emphasis on spurring rapid innovation in the U.S. and global building sector.
As stated on their site, the goal of Architecture 2030 is pretty straightforward: to achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the built environment by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.
Addressing the global architecture and building community, the 2030 Challenge encourages the adoption of 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 60% below 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 60% of the regional (or country) average for that building type.
- The fossil fuel reduction standard for all new buildings and major renovations shall be increased to:
- 70% in 2015
- 80% in 2020
- 90% in 2025
- Carbon-neutral in 2030 (using no fossil fuel GHG emitting energy to operate).
These targets may be accomplished by implementing innovative sustainable design strategies, generating on-site renewable power and/or purchasing (20% maximum) renewable energy.
Architecture 2030’s model partners it with cities across the country to create what are known as 2030 Districts. As of the writing of this blog, there are four such downtown Districts – Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Los Angeles. Many other cities are currently interested in setting up a District, making it likely that we’ll see more cropping up across the country soon.
First established in Seattle, 2030 Districts are unique public/private partnerships driving a national grassroots movement to create local coalitions focused on creating and maintaining sustainable and resilient urban growth.
The 2030 District model brings property owners and managers together with local governments, businesses, architects and planners, and community stakeholders to provide a business model for urban sustainability. Together, this group adopts measurement tools and implements strategies and best practices to meet the 2030 Challenge reduction targets. Leveraged financing, shared financial resources and incentives allow Districts to more quickly realize their vibrant urban development and renovation goals.
WegoWise strongly supports the work that Architecture 2030 is doing with its Districts across the country and look forward to seeing many more cities make the pledge! For more information about Architecture 2030, check out frequently asked questions here.