Sustainability in Action: Working Towards 2030 Climate Goals

These projects demonstrate the industry’s focus towards sustainability
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1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 GBCI CE Hour; 0.1 ICC CEU; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how sustainable material selection can help create safer and healthier buildings and communities.
  2. Explain how specifying sustainable materials for interiors contributes to occupant well-being.
  3. Describe how McDonald’s flagship Florida restaurant operates without air conditioning most of the year, reducing energy while keeping occupants comfortable.
  4. List 2 strategies presented that address 2030 climate goals in relation to neighborhood and community well-being.

This course is part of the Sustainability Academy

This course is part of the Sustainability Academy

Below are a set of links to building type studies from Architectural Record, which are in-depth analyses of particular kinds of buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, detailed descriptions, and design solutions. Click on each link below, read the article then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

In this course, architects, designers and other building professionals are introduced to real-world examples of how the industry is moving towards sustainability. From specifying materials that reduce embodied carbon to designing buildings and systems that achieve net-zero carbon emissions, these projects demonstrate how the industry is ramping up the push words 2030 climate goals.

Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center by Marble Fairbanks
This building is a symbol of an ecological effort that dates back more than 40 years.
Linda C. Lentz

Meyer Memorial Trust by LEVER Architecture
This building does triple duty as the embodiment of goals for sustainability, but also for inclusion and economic development.
Randy Gragg

Empire State Building Owner Is Now Nation’s Biggest User of 100% Green Power in Real Estate
The Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT) was already a leader in sustainability in the built environment.
Ilana Herzig

Profession Must Zero in on Carbon to Meet 2030 Climate Goals
The industry must push to reach carbon neutrality by 2030 in all new buildings and major renovations
Joann Gonchar, FAIA

A Decade of Energy Regulation in NYC Pays Off in Data and Carbon
The good news is a 22.6 percent reduction over the decade. The bad news is that progress is unevenly distributed, has slowed, and must accelerate.
Bill Millard

The Edge by Dub Architects
This glass-and-concrete structure is ultra-sustainable, with reputedly one of the largest solar-paneled vertical walls in Canada.
Suzanne Stephens

Review of 'Modern Architecture and Climate: Design Before Air Conditioning'
Architecture’s past could be a key to a more climate-friendly future.
Russell Fortmeyer

McDonald’s Flagship by Ross Barney Architects
This 8,000 square foot building aims to be the world’s first net zero fast-food establishment.
Beth Broome

Sustainability Action

Photo © Michael Moran

The building thrusts forward on the street to offer views into a large community room on the upper level and the adult reading room below. Benches along the glass and around the plaza invite gathering.

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Originally published in June 2021