New Construction Guide endorsed by Architecture 2030 to meet the 2030 Challenge


WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — New Buildings Institute (NBI) and Architecture 2030 are excited to announce that Architecture 2030 has endorsed a prescriptive path to meet the current 2030 Challenge goal based on NBI’s Advanced Buildings® New Construction Guide. With this path, design teams now have another tool when seeking to meet the 2030 Challenge.

The New Construction Guide has also been incorporated as the prescriptive path to comply with the energy prerequisites for both USGBC’s LEED v4 and the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools standard. The Guide has also been adopted as the basis for the prescriptive path for complying with the energy code in the city of Boulder, Colorado, currently the most stringent in the country.

Influential nonprofit research organization Architecture 2030 issued the 2030 Challenge in 2006 to focus the building sector on energy reductions through the setting of achievable targets. The Challenge’s final goal is that all new buildings and major renovations be carbon neutral by 2030. With its series of targets aimed at reducing the use of fossil fuels, the 2030 Challenge has been adopted and is being implemented by 80% of the top 10 and 70% of the top 20 architecture/engineering/planning firms in the U.S. The current 2030 Challenge target calls for all new buildings, developments and major renovations to be designed to meet a fossil-fuel, GHG-emitting, energy-consumption performance standard of 70% below the regional (or country) average/median for their relevant building type.

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Media Contacts:
Architecture 2030
David Moore, Director of Communications

Phone: +1 505 983-5309

New Buildings Institute
Connie Umphr­­­ess, Communications Manager

Phone: +1 360 567-0950 x114

About NBI and Architecture 2030
New Buildings Institute (NBI) is a nonprofit organization working to improve the energy performance of commercial buildings. We work collaboratively with commercial building market players–governments, utilities, energy efficiency advocates and building professionals–to remove barriers to energy efficiency, including promoting advanced design practices, improved technologies, public policies and programs that improve energy efficiency. We also develop and offer guidance to individuals and organizations on designing and constructing energy efficient buildings through our Advanced Buildings® suite of tools and resources.

Advanced Buildings® is New Buildings Institute’s suite of technical tools and resources developed to help design teams create high performance buildings that stand out for their energy efficiency and healthy environments. In addition to the development of tools and guidance, Advanced Buildings offers additional educational resources such as case studies, webinars, research findings and market integration tools for driving high performance buildings.
Web: Twitter: @zeroenergybldgs,

Architecture 2030 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization with a mission to rapidly transform the built environment from the major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate and energy crises. Architecture 2030 pursues two primary objectives: (1) the dramatic reduction in global fossil fuel consumption and GHG emissions of the built environment by changing the way cities, communities, infrastructure, and buildings, are planned, designed, and constructed and, (2) the regional development of an adaptive, resilient built environment that can manage the impacts of climate change, preserve natural resources, and access low-cost, renewable energy resources.

Website: Twitter: @arch2030. Facebook: Architecture2030

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