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2030 Palette Released: Take a Tour

11 July 2013 | Posted By Jeff Cole 3,588 views No Comment

The 2030 Palette is the latest resource, crafted by Architecture 2030, to support those who have stepped up to the 2030 Challenge. BetterBricks gave it a look. Currently accessible in beta version only, the free online tool and interactive platform is meant to provide architects, planners, and designers with information to help their designs reduce fossil fuel energy use (i.e. meet the 2030 Challenge targets), preserve ecosystems, make more effective use of site renewable resources, and ultimately, adapt to climatic change.

The resource is organized as a set of interrelated elements called swatches, which are grouped into broad categories of region, city/town, district, site, and building.

  • Region: large planning issues, with recommendations related to growth boundaries, habitat corridors and transit corridors.
  • City/Town: addresses urban planning issues and cover urban infill, retrofit, new growth, open space and green infrastructure, and urban bikeways.
  • District addresses the intersection of land use and mobility issues within district centers, neighborhoods, and street networks.
  • Site addresses the individual building or development site and the site and climatic conditions that form the foundation of building design: how to reduce site impact, make the best use of solar access and certain infrastructure systems.
  • Building addresses the context of form, orientation, layout, and elements of a building and the use of sunlight, daylight and air movement with minimal off site energy input.

Each swatch provides a brief technical description/design guideline, with an accompanying set of illustrative photographs, links to other relevant swatches within the 2030 Palette, and a listing of tools and resources: books, publications, and websites.

An interactive site tour of the 2030 Palette beta can be taken at www.2030palette.org; take the tour and you will find:

  • Local actions for global transformation at every scale of the built environment
  • Carefully curated content, including visuals and straightforward, accessible language
  • Memorable and location-specific actions to inform the planning and design process
  • An extensive photographic library of built work that exemplify best practices
  • An interactive map for exploring images by geography, latitude, climate, and population density
  • In-depth information for successful application of 2030 Palette strategies
  • Essential links to tools, resources, and world experts
  • Customizable Palettes comprised of those principles most relevant to your project

You won’t find design-related information about mechanical equipment and systems and electric lighting. So, if you’re a mechanical or electrical engineer, use the site to increase your understanding of how you might assist architects and planners to reduce thermal and lighting loads and how climate resources might be optimally used.

Find additional information at the 2030 Palette website, www.2030palette.org.

Interviews with Ed Mazria, CEO/Founder of Architecture 2030, about the 2030 Palette can be found at: Inhabitat and EcoBuilding Pulse.

Invitations to the beta release may be requested at www.2030palette.org.

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