AIA 2030: A Commitment to Fighting Climate Change

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With 6.13 billion square meters of buildings constructed annually accounting for 3.7 billion tons of embodied carbon emissions and 11% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, there is no doubt that working toward carbon-neutral buildings can have a significant impact in fighting climate change.
 
Recognizing the role architects can play in reducing carbon emissions in the built environment, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) introduced the AIA 2030 Commitment, challenging the global design and construction community to achieve carbon neutrality for all new buildings, developments and major renovations by 2030. AIA 2030 lays out a set of standards and goals for reducing carbon emissions and designing projects in ways that benefit the environment. The program also provides resources for tracking and reducing carbon in design and construction.
 
While more than 1,000 architectural firms are AIA 2030 signatories committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2030, architects can’t achieve these goals alone. To realize the goals of AIA 2030 will take a collaborative industry-wide effort. This includes manufacturers in the construction sector who can play a key role in reducing carbon in the built environment.
 
A manufacturing adopter of AIA 2030, Kingspan is not only actively working to reduce carbon emissions in the products and solutions we bring to the marketplace but in our operations as well. 
 
Kingspan’s energy-efficient insulated metal panels, made with high recycled content at renewable energy-powered factories, provide decreased carbon impacts with the benefits of design flexibility. Aligning with our internal Planet Passionate initiative and external programs like AIA 2030 focused on reducing carbon emissions, Kingspan continues to invest in research and development to provide sustainable solutions through innovative design.
 
Kingspan’s insulated metal panels are increasingly the building envelope solution selected to help meet AIA’s 2030 challenge for efficiency and thermal performance. The 215,000-square-foot CODE (Center for Developing Entrepreneurs) Building in Charlottesville, Virginia is a case in point.
 
Architects selected Kingspan’s KarrierPanel for a tight, thermally efficient envelope. With an R-value of up to 8 per inch when equipped with QuadCore® closed-cell insulation core, these panels provide a continuous high performing air and vapor barrier for the entire building. In this project, the KarrierPanel building envelope solution helped architects design and deliver a building that is a good steward for the environment, meeting AIA’s 2030 challenge for efficiency and thermal performance.
 
AIA 2030’s commitment is making an impact in combatting climate change and curbing emissions. The most recent 2030 By the Numbers Summary reveals that reporting firms avoided over 34 million metric tons of carbon emissions in 2020. The 2020 summary also reported an overall 51.3% predicted energy use intensity (pEUI) reduction from participating projects.
 
While progress is being made toward meeting the AIA 2030 Commitment, much more needs to be done. All stakeholders in the design and construction industry need to keep the pedal to the metal in making new buildings and renovations carbon-neutral by the year 2030 to help fight climate change.

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