The places where we live, work, and play represent the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in America, as well as around the world. The design and construction industry has made significant strides toward creating high performance buildings of all types and uses. As a result, the industry is positioned to have a profound impact by continuing to foster high building performance and reducing building-related greenhouse gas emissions.
As architects, we understand the need to exercise leadership in creating the built environment. We believe we must alter our profession’s practices, and encourage our clients and the entire design and construction industry, to join with us to change the course of the planet’s future. A multi-year effort will be required to implement change and realize significant reductions in the use of natural resources, non-renewable energy sources, and waste production, and promote regeneration of natural resources.
Prior to signing on to the Commitment, Dore & Whittier had already taken steps which are part of the 2030 program:
- Established a team leader to guide the development and implementation of the firm’s plan
- Implemented a minimum of four operational action items including:
- Creation and adoption of a 2030 Challenge Implementation Plan that demonstrates progress toward the AIA’s 2030 goals
- Firm-wide training sessions provided by the Sustainable Performance Institute.
- Monthly staff trainings on the 2030 Challenge and recommendation for project specific implementation
- Acquisition and implementation of energy modeling tools for use in early phase energy analysis.