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Progress on 2030 Goals, Ten Years Later

The number of firms committing to 2030 carbon targets has more than doubled, and 8,182 project teams reported in 2014. But what about the carbon?

April 4, 2016

Ed Mazria, FAIA, issued his 2030 Challenge in 2006 through his organization, Architecture 2030. The goal: design all new construction and major renovation projects for net-zero energy by the year 2030.

Ten years later, we’re making progress, but that goal is far from assured. In fact, just a small fraction of committed projects—which constitute a sliver of overall construction worldwide—are managing to meet the current energy reduction goal of 70%. We wanted to know why.