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Meeting the 2030 Challenge issued by Architecture 2030

By Kevin G on April 5, 2014

Edward Mazria and Architecture 2030 issued The 2030 Challenge,  an initiative with targets to be accomplished by purchasing off-site (20% maximum) renewable energy, generating on-site renewable power and the implementation of innovative sustainable design.

With regards to global demand for materials and energy that produce by-product greenhouse gases (GHG) buildings worldwide play a major role. The key to addressing climate change and keeping global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels is by reducing, stabilising and reversing the growth rate of GHG emissions.Architecture 2030 issued The 2030 Challenge to accomplish this mission and asked the building, construction and global architecture community to focus on achieving 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/median 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/median 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)

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