Industry Experts Agree Energy Modeling is Key to Reaching Carbon Neutrality in Buildings
AIA data shows current scarcity of design projects meet carbon reduction targets
Washington, D.C. – November 18, 2015 – There has been an increase in the number of design projects, gross square footage and net-zero energy projects that have been reported as part of the American Institute of Architects 2030 Commitment. Those positive steps on the path to reaching carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030 are countered, however, by a small percentage of projects that met the 60 percent carbon reduction target for 2014.
It was determined in this report that nearly half of energy-modeled projects met or came close to meeting 2014 carbon reduction targets. Quite simply, energy modeling presents the greatest opportunity for architects to realize more ambitious energy-saving in their design projects.
[...] As part of a concerted effort to increase the energy-efficient design literacy among the profession, AIA has partnered with Architecture 2030 to launch an educational program that addresses energy modeling throughout the online continuing education series. Participants can learn what comprises a living energy model that can ultimately lead to a more efficiently designed finished project.
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