Neumann Monson has signed the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment, pledging to achieving net-zero carbon emissions for our projects by the year 2030.
The urban built environment is responsible for 75% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions: buildings alone account for 39%. Eliminating these emissions is the key to addressing climate change and meeting Paris Climate Agreement targets. To accomplish this, the 2030 Challenge asks the global architecture and building community to eliminate the use of fossil fuel, greenhouse gas-emitting energy. The target may be met by implementing innovative sustainable design strategies, generating on-site renewable energy, and/or purchasing (20% maximum) off-site renewable energy.
As part of the 2030 Commitment, Neumann Monson created a sustainability action plan detailing sustainability goals in the following areas: training and education, design process, operations, and outreach and advocacy. Additionally, we’ve created a portfolio to track predicted energy performance of our projects via the AIA’s Design Data Exchange (DDx) framework. DDx allows firms to anonymously compare a project’s performance to others of a similar type in the 2030 portfolio. The research tool is a valuable asset in helping architects measure progress and advance their practice.