Good and Bad News in AIA 2030 Commitment Report

October 29, 2015 By Carl Weinschenk

american institute of architectsThe most recent report from The American Institute of Architects’ AIA 2030 Commitment indicates that more architects are agreeing to design sustainable structures.

The story at The Atlantic’s CityLab said that the uptake in participation is the good news. The bad news is that the results from those participants is falling short of expectations.

The AIA’s database has grown to 2.4 billion square-feet, which is a 50 percent increase, and the number of projects to 4,354, a 78 percent increase. The average predicted use intensity (pEUI) – which the organization says ideally should show a 60 percent decline – is only 34 percent. The reduction from 2013 to last year is only 3 percent, CityLab reported.

In April, Matthew Littlefield, the President and Principal Analyst of LNS Research, listed the five critical factors to reduce energy intensity. They are Implementing an enterprise-wide energy management program; establishing enterprise-wide processes for balancing energy procurement and consumption; automatically collecting energy data at the production asset level; developing the ability to monitor and respond to energy at the production asset level and enabling corporate level roll-ups of energy data.

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