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Buildings are the major source of global demand for energy and materials that produce by-product greenhouse gases (GHG). Slowing the growth rate of GHG emissions and then reversing it is the key to addressing climate change and keeping global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. To accomplish this, the global architecture and building community are encouraged to adopt the following targets:
These targets may be accomplished by implementing innovative sustainable design strategies, generating on-site renewable power and/or purchasing (20% maximum) renewable energy.
The AIA+2030 Professional Series™ trains professionals and stakeholders in the architecture and engineering fields to design and create buildings that use 60% less energy. The AIA+2030 Professional Series™ is a comprehensive, ground-breaking curriculum that includes 10, 4-hour sessions teaching strategies to reach 60% reduction in fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions. AIA+2030 gives design professionals the knowledge and leverage to create next-generation, super-efficient buildings—and provide firms with the skills that will set them apart in the marketplace.
On March 5, 2009 OAA Council demonstrated its strong support for ‘going green’ by adopting the 2030 Challenge. On May 9, 2012 OAA Council approved an Sustainable Built Environment Committee (SBEC) recommendation to adopt, adapt and implement the AIA+2030 Professional Series™ in Ontario. The adopted program will be promoted as OAA+2030 Professional Series™. The program will help Ontario Architects create buildings that meet the energy efficiency goals of the 2030 Challenge. Ten, 4 – hour sessions will be created specifically for the OAA members, to offer strategies to reach 60% reduction in fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions. Sessions creation will begin early 2013, with an anticipated rollout in autumn 2013.