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Architects Worldwide Agree to Zero-Carbon Buildings By 2050

Member organizations of the International Union of Architects have unanimously adopted the 2050 Imperative.

Along with drafting the 2050 Imperative signed by UIA, Architecture 2030 prepared a guide to help countries reach zero building-sector emissions by 2050.

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The International Union of Architects (UIA) recently adopted the 2050 Imperative committing its member organizations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), to plan for healthy, carbon-neutral cities and towns worldwide by the year 2050.

The 2050 Imperative was drafted by the organization Architecture 2030, promoter of the 2030 Challenge, which commits signatories to work toward net-zero-energy buildings in the U.S. Now with the architecture councils of Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa all agreeing to sign on to a global version, more than 1.3 million architects in 124 countries will have aligned goals. According to a recent presentation by 2030 Challenge founder, Ed Mazria, FAIA, the 2050 target could be achieved by implementing the 2030 Challenge worldwide for new buildings while reducing fossil-fuel consumption 50% in 2% to 3% of developed nations’ existing building stock annually.

While UIA members are not committed to taking that exact approach—detailed more specifically in the report “Roadmap to Zero Emissions”—they did commit to the principle of engaging in research and setting targets toward the 2050 goal. The Imperative states, “Our responsibility is to influence ethical and socially responsible development throughout the world: to plan and design sustainable, resilient, carbon-neutral and healthy built environments that protect and enhance natural resources and wildlife habitats, provide clean air and water, generate onsite renewable energy, and advance more livable buildings and communities.”

The declaration will be presented at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference, which has a similar aim to phase out CO2 emissions from the power and industrial sectors by 2050.

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Architecture 2030

Published August 20, 2014

Pearson, C. (2014, August 20). Architects Worldwide Agree to Zero-Carbon Buildings By 2050. Retrieved from

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