New Construction Guide endorsed by Architecture 2030 to meet the 2030 Challenge
New Buildings Institute (NBI) and Architecture 2030 are excited to announce that Architecture 2030 has endorsed a prescriptive path to meet the current 2030 Challenge goal based on NBI’s Advanced Buildings® New Construction Guide. With this path, design teams now have another tool when seeking to meet the 2030 Challenge.
The New Construction Guide has also been incorporated as the prescriptive path to comply with the energy prerequisites for both USGBC’s LEED v4 and the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools standard. The Guide has also been adopted as the basis for the prescriptive path for complying with the energy code in the city of Boulder, Colorado, currently the most stringent in the country.
Influential nonprofit research organization Architecture 2030 issued the 2030 Challenge in 2006 to focus the building sector on energy reductions through the setting of achievable targets. The Challenge’s final goal is that all new buildings and major renovations be carbon neutral by 2030. With its series of targets aimed at reducing the use of fossil fuels, the 2030 Challenge has been adopted and is being implemented by 80% of the top 10 and 70% of the top 20 architecture/engineering/planning firms in the U.S. The current 2030 Challenge target calls for all new buildings, developments and major renovations to be designed to meet a fossil-fuel, GHG-emitting, energy-consumption performance standard of 70% below the regional (or country) average/median for their relevant building type.