Mixed results in design projects meeting carbon reduction targets

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"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\u201cWe\nhave made some progress in the overall program, with a noteworthy jump in the\namount of buildings included in the report,\u201d said Greg Mella, FAIA, Director of\nSustainable Design at SmithGroupJJR and co-chair of the AIA 2030 Working Group.\n\u201cBut we are simply not making significant strides in crucial metrics that predict\nbuilding performance. These findings should serve as a wake-up call to architects\nthat there needs to be greater urgency to drive improved energy efficiency\nacross their project portfolios if we are going to reach our ultimate carbon\nreduction goals.\u201d"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[0],0,"Highlights from\nthe "],[0,[2],1,"AIA\n2030 Commitment: 2015 Progress Report"],[0,[],1," include:"]]],[3,"ul",[[[0,[],0,"152 firms submitted reports \u2013 a 9% increase from 2014"]],[[0,[],0,"2.6 billion gross square feet (GSF) represented in this data \u2013 a 8% increase "]],[[0,[],0,"5,982 whole building projects have been\n accounted for in this report \u2013 a 37% increase "]],[[0,[],0,"4,461 interiors only projects reported \u2013 a 16% increase"]],[[0,[],0,"614 design projects are meeting the 60% energy reduction target \u2013 a 42% increase "]],[[0,[],0,"38% average Predicted Energy Use Intensity reduction reported by firms \u2013 an increase of 1% "]],[[0,[],0,"10% of total GSF meeting the previous 60% carbon reduction target \u2013 a decrease of 4% "]],[[0,[],0,"4% of total GSF meeting the new 70% carbon reduction target"]],[[0,[],0,"59% of total GSF using energy modeling to predict operational energy consumption \u2013 a 9% increase "]]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"In\naggregate, the energy saved from the projects accounted for in this report is\napproximately 21 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the\nequivalent of running six coal-fired power plants or powering 2.2 million homes\nfor a year (source: EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator)."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"\u201cSeeing\nmore firms including energy modeling into their workflow is one of the\nencouraging takeaways from this report,\u201d said Andrea Love, AIA, Director of\nBuilding Science at Payette and co-chair of the AIA 2030 Working Group. \u201cArchitects are uniquely positioned to lead\nthe energy modeling process and incorporate into their overall business\nstrategy with their clients. This is exactly\nthe sort of broad, cultural shift that is required to make serious inroads\ntowards carbon reduction in buildings.\u201d"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"2015\nwas the first year that firms used the new "],[0,[3],1,"2030 Design\nData Exchange"],[0,[],0," interactive tool that enables design teams to benchmark and\ntarget energy performance through a range of analytical aids to drive improved\nenergy efficiency. Users of this tool\nare reporting that the ability to see immediate results on how their projects\nare performing has facilitated benchmarking and started conversations about efficiency\noptions earlier in the design process. \nThis has afforded them more ability to understand how the buildings will\nperform against baseline energy use."]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"For additional resources\nfor architecture firms to develop greater high-performance building practices, "],[0,[4],1,"click\nhere"],[0,[],0,"."]]],[1,"h3",[[0,[],0,"About The American Institute of Architects\n"]]],[1,"p",[[0,[],0,"Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to\ncreate more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings,\nneighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters,\nthe AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public\nwellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest\nprofessional standards. 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More buildings are meeting certain goals, but energy intensity reduction results have flat lined
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