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Architecture 2030 keynote focuses on building’s contribution to global warming

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

As part of the recent AIA New Mexico convention, Edward Mazria, founder of the Architecture 2030 Challenge, delivered  a keynote on “Architecture on the Brink.”

Mazria said in working backward from the 2030 date, which was a data set by the scientific community, coal energy production will peak and phase out, then the world will get to where it needs to be to stabilize climate.

On an even more hopeful note, nearly 3/4 of the top 30 architecture and engineering firms in the world have adopted the 2030 targets, as have 41 percent of U.S. architecture firms.

In citing what would make design move forward with carbon neutral, Mazria offered changes in glazing, use of air conditioners, good construction, more efficient lighting, appliances, passive solar systems and photovoltaics.

It was not clear in his talk how this would take place, as currently building in the U.S. is not very active. Perhaps he was directing this toward retrofits and building in other nations.

The convention featured more than a dozen seminars on topics including Google SketchUp, innovative building systems and sustainable water systems. Tom Kundig, principal and co-owner of Olson Kundig Architects of Seattle, spoke about “kinetic architecture,” which he says refers to “architecture that can respond to whatever the existing conditions are, cultural or environmental.”

Seattle District Leads the Way as City Races Toward Zero Carbon – Architecture 2030

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

A new video was released this week, highlighting the first ever high-peformance district in the U.S.

Watch it here.

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Seattle Video

Conference call on Obama’s Plan for Better Buildings

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Hello, everyone,

I just received today this letter from Ed Mazria, who lives here in Santa Fe, NM. He wrote about his conference call with The White House today announcing Obama’s Plan for Better Buildings, which he describes here:

February 3, 2011

I just finished a conference call with The White House announcing President Obama’s Plan for Better Buildings: a plan to create tax credits for commercial building energy reductions similar to that called for by Architecture 2030 in the “CRE Solution”.

This is a dramatic step toward addressing the commercial real estate (CRE) crisis.

The White House plan calls for the current commercial buildings efficiency tax deduction of $1.80 per square foot, known as 179 D, to be changed to a tax credit (this is roughly equal to the $3 to $4.50 per square foot deduction called for by Architecture 2030).

Since,

    * 90% of all commercial buildings are small (under 25,000sf), most are single establishment occupied (81%) and many are owner-occupied;
    * $1.4 trillion in commercial real estate (CRE) loans are coming due over the next few years;
    * fifty percent (50%) of these loans are underwater, CRE property values are down 40% and a large percentage of building owners cannot refinance; and
    * since many small community banks, which hold most of these loans are failing,

it is important that a commercial tax credit be made transferable, meaning a building owner can sell or transfer the credit in order to make the efficiency renovation.

Many of you, including architects attending AIA Grassroots this week in Washington, DC, have contacted us seeking information about the CRE Solution. This new development provides an important opportunity for you to educate your Congressional representatives about the President’s plan.

For information on the CRE crisis, see http://architecture2030.org/the_problem/problem_economy and
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daphne-wysham/averting-the-next-mortgag_b_699622.html.

Edward Mazria
Founder / CEO
Architecture 2030
607 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
505.988.5309

Architecture 2030 named one of top three most effective orgs in green building design…

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

The annual Design Futures Council “2010 Sustainable Design Survey” of 240 design industry leaders in the U.S. ranked Architecture 2030 among the top three most effective organizations forwarding green building design and construction in the U.S.

Built sector responsibility for carbon emissions

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Ed Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030, said the U.S. building sector, comprised of 300 billion square feet, accounts for nearly half of all U.S. energy carbon emissions and 3/4 of its electricity consumption.

According to Architecture 2030 research, by 2050, 75 percent of the nation’s current built environment will be either new or renovated.

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