Getting Ahead of the 2030 Commitment

Dominique Davison / April 25, 2019

With April nearly at an end, the 2018 reporting deadline for the AIA 2030 Commitment is behind us (whew!).

Now that we’ve had a few weeks of breathing room, many firms are taking a good, hard look at how they stack up against the commitment and are asking themselves: How can we do better?

Just designing to code should already get you in the ballpark of a 40-50% EUI reduction in energy savings compared to a 2003 CBECs baseline energy use intensity (EUI). It’s a great start!

However, the challenge is how to go the extra mile and achieve the 2030 target? The 70% energy reduction goal is hard enough to meet. In 2020 (just a little over seven months away), it rises to 80%. We all want to get there, but how?

As a company founded by an architect, we recognize that client buy-in is a major challenge. Just because a firm has signed onto the commitment does not mean clients share the same vision or agree to extra design measures to meet the commitment. Even when a client is bought into the idea of extra sustainability measures, the conversation stops when you can’t answer how much it will cost and what the payback will be for your client.

This is why PlanIT Impact centralizes it’s analysis around capital costs and payback period. It evaluates all possible design scenarios and picks the best fit design strategies that improve efficiency.

See how it works in the five step analysis and reporting process pictured below:

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