Nearly half of energy-modeled projects met or came close to meeting 2014 carbon reduction targets, according to a new AIA report on the progress of the 2030 Commitment. AIA names energy modeling as the greatest opportunity for architects to achieve more ambitious energy-saving in their projects.

“As an architect, the only way that you have options to make major changes to your design projects is by using energy modeling early in the design process,” AIA 2030 Working Group member Nathan Kipnis, FAIA, said in a press release. “Otherwise, your decisions are locked and limited to making equipment and materials choices in hopes of lowering a building’s energy consumption.  Energy modeling gives you the best bang for your design buck.”

The AIA notes an increase in firms’ 2030 Commitment participation and the number of projects tracked but is still far from its goal of carbon neutrality.

Read the full AIA report here.

Find out more about the progress of the 2030 Commitment here.

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