AIA's 2030 Commitment Announces Progress in Carbon Reductions

Chicago, IL, November 26, 2018-Architects and engineers participating in the 2030 Commitment program are making strides in reducing carbon in designs, according to a report released by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Architects and engineers tracking their predicted building design performance as part of the program found a savings of 17.8 million metric tons of carbon over the 2030 baseline during the 2017 reporting period. The number represents the same amount of carbon that would be sequestered in 21 million acres of forest in the U.S. each year, which is nearly as big as the state of Maine. It also equates to an annual cost savings of $3.2 billion in operating cost over the 2030 baseline.

Other highlights of the report show 560 projects met the 2017 target of 70% energy savings or above and 99 projects reached net zero.

Nearly 40% of U.S. energy is consumed by buildings. 

More than 500 firms are now engaged in the 2030 Commitment and 212 firms contributed comprehensive portfolio data during 2017, which is 21% more firms than 2016. 

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