I’m not an architect but as someone with an interest in green building and design I am a big fan of the 2030 Challenge. The series of goals are feasible if we are willing to put in the time and consideration.
Architecture 2030 created the 2030 Challenge in an effort to gradually decrease the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by buildings.
The 2030 Challenge has three major goals:
- New buildings will be designed to reach an energy consumption standard that is 60% below the national average.
- Renovations on existing buildings will also bring building efficiency performance standards to 60% below the national average.
- 4 Goals are established for the gradual reduction of green house gas emissions:
- 70% in 2015
- 80% in 2020
- 90% in 2025
- Carbon-neutral in 2030 (using no fossil fuel GHG emitting energy to operate).
I feel confident that the plans are doable simply because it creates a “from this point forward” environment for building and remodeling. My confidence waivers, however, when I consider how willingly ignorant we can be about the relative ease of making more sustainable building decisions. I guess that’s why I’m here. Sustainable building practices and environmentally responsible materials are not always the most expensive or time consuming. It simply requires research and planning for serious long term payoff.
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