Why is Such a Big Deal being said about ‘The 2030 Challenge’

Why is  Such a Big Deal being said about ‘The 2030 Challenge’ ?

According to the most recent estimates, the sea level is expected to rise by about 1 meter (3.28 feet) — on average — in the next 100 years.  There have been recent and very clear warnings from the US scientific community that we are perilously close to a climate change tipping point. It is likely we will see a warming of 2 °C to 3 °C this century with a planetary energy imbalance sufficient to melt enough ice to raise sea level by several meters

 More than 50% of all Americans live in and around coastal cities and towns. It is important to understand the point at which sea level rise creates an untenable situation in the US currently dangerously close to this threshold at 383 ppm.  The levels are rising annually by 2ppm and unless we make major changes it is likely to cause catastrophic global consequences with major portions of our major coastal cities underwater.   

 During the last interglacial period, 125,000 years ago, when the earth was this warm, sea level was four to six meters higher than today.

  • Building is a major source of global demand for energy and the materials is associated with produces greenhouse gas.
  •  The Objective is slowing growth rate (ghg)  reversing key climate changes by keeping global average temps below 2c pre industrial levels.

 The  Challenge

 All new building,  development and  major renovations are designed to meet fossil fuel, (ghg) emitting, energy consumption, performance  standards to 60% of region average for building.

 An equal amount of existing building area renovated annually.   

 Fossil fuel reduction standards for all new buildings and major renovations increase

70%  2015       80%  2020    90%  2025   Carbon neutral by 2030


There are targets can be accomplished by implementing innovative sustainable design strategies,  generating on site renewable power and the purchase of 20% maximum renewable energy.

 Buildings  are the problem consuming more energy and are the greatest contributor of climate change

 49% energy produced building sector

77 all electricity produced operate buildings


Health of economy tied to building sector

Building touches every industry from steel, insulation, caulking, mechanicals,, electrical, glass, wood, metals, tile, fabrics and paint. Across all sectors us economy . architecture, planning, design, engineering, banking, development, manufacturing, construction, wholesale, retail distribution.

 Building is in crisis. Foreclosures rise and housing starts plummet. June 2010 2 million construction lost jobs. Commercial Real Estate is feeling the effects .

  Buildings are the Solution!!!

By 2030  75% of the building environment will be either new or renovated.

Next 25 years historic opportunities for Architecture and the Building Community to contributing to avoid dangerous climate changes.

 2030 Challenge Takes Action

  •   Local state and federal government  pass legislation provide incentives ensure all buildings constructed and renovated today.
  •   Architects and designers adopt and implement challenge targets producing high-performance high quality low energy buildings and development
  •    Design schools measures to reduce campus energy consumption insure students graduation programs equipted and design carbon neutral environments

Recent Actions Starting to Make Changes

  •    Government officials meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina voted to improve the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) standard by 30% beyond the 2006 IECC
  •  Adopted proposals offered by the U.S. Department of Energy, New Buildings Institute, AIA and EECC addressed the 30% improvement, laying a strong foundation for future IECC building energy code reductions.
  •     The 50% improvement will meet the next energy reduction target called for by the 2030 Challenge and by legislation passed in the House of Representatives (HR.2454) and in Senate Bills S.1462 and S.3464.

  •  “This is the first step on our way to carbon neutral buildings by 2030,” said Edward Mazria, CEO of Architecture 2030. “The next steps include timely state and local government adoption of the new code and improving the IECC code standard by 50% beyond 2006 IECC in 2015.”

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   visit the Architecture 2030 and Edward Mazria’s prophetic challenge.