February 17, Toronto, ON -- The Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) commends Minister Murray’s announcement of a province-wide Climate Change Consultation last week. Architects are the leading authorities on energy efficient buildings and on building climate-resilient structures—two of the “immediate action” components of Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper.
The OAA, having recently celebrated its 125th year, is uniquely positioned to help coordinate the movement towards affirmative action on climate change, and has been actively working with other industry stakeholders both within Ontario and beyond.
“The OAA recognizes the importance of taking immediate steps to reduce emissions and to combat climate change,” says Toon Dreessen, OAA President, “as well as safeguarding the people of Ontario through building climate-resilient structures as we collectively deal with the unfortunate reality of extreme weather events that we face today.”
To this effect, the OAA is a signatory to various declarations focused on designing energy efficient buildings, including the 2030 Challenge which aggressively aims to reduce energy by 70% today with an eventual target of being carbon neutral by 2030. To help Ontario Architects create buildings that meet the energy efficiency goals of the 2030 Challenge, the OAA became the first Canadian organization to offer an intensive 10 module learning program in 2014: the OAA+2030 Professional Series™.
The OAA is also a founding sponsor of a targeted initiative for Canada’s largest municipality: the Toronto 2030 District. As the first Canadian municipality to join the North American stage alongside other large municipalities such as Los Angeles and Dallas, this initiative aims to reduce building energy use by 50% not only on new construction, but across the pre-existing building stock of the entire district. This 2030 District takes a holistic approach beyond energy usage, also targeting a 50% reduction in water consumption and a 50% reduction in transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
The OAA is striving to lead by example in the sector through a plan to renovate the OAA Headquarters building using an innovative design solution that will achieve an extremely energy-efficient building which will meet the 2030 Challenge.
The OAA is encouraged by this timely announcement and looks forward to participating in this consultation and working directly with Minister Murray to satisfy our joint mandate to protect and serve the public interest.
The Ontario Association of Architects is a self-regulating, self-governing profession under the Architects Act. The association governs its members and regulates the practice of architecture in Ontario in order that the public interest may be served and protected. As part of its regulatory mandate, the Association delivers a wide range of programs and services to its members and the public.
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