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AIA 2030 Commitment

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What is the 2030 Challenge?

All new buildings, developments, and major renovations shall be carbon-neutral by 2030.


"The AIA 2030 Commitment is a growing national initiative that provides a consistent, national framework with simple metrics and a standardized reporting format to help firms evaluate the impact design decisions have on an individual project's energy performance.

To truly rise to meet the energy reduction goals of 2030, we have to apply the principles of sustainable design to every project from its inception and early design through project completion and ongoing building operations—not just those projects where clients wish to pursue third party green building certification. The profession can’t meet radical building energy use reduction targets one project at a time and architects are embracing the challenge at hand by thinking differently about sustainable design." (via AIA 2030 Commitment)


DBA has recently joined the many architecture firms who have committed to reporting and tracking the predicted performance of their buildings under AIA’s 2030 Commitment.

While we have been a long-time practitioner and proponent of ecologically sound building, formal participation in the 2030 Commitment creates a framework to make our progress and processes transparent and to share our goals, philosophies, and strategies in a focused public forum. 

Signing the 2030 Commitment is an opportunity for us articulate—and hold ourselves accountable to—our own commitment to sustainability goals, in areas that include energy impacts as well as water and material resources, human health, and the urban fabric. Our intention is to share with others as we educate ourselves.

DBA will be tracking our firm’s progress toward a set of aspirational goals, and using our website “How-To” pages and blog posts to report on achievements, lessons, and barriers, and to provide resources for clients, collaborators, and other interested parties. 


PDF IconDba 2030 Action Plan

Download a copy of our Action Plan.

An early brainstorming session about our 2030 Commitment transparency goals.

If you are interested in partnering with DBA to achieve and document sustainability goals, or if you have any questions about our process, please contact DBA Sustainability Lead Katie Ackerly at katieackerly@dbarchitect.com.

The intent of a dedicated and prominent web presence for these metrics is for the content to speak for itself, and to motivate us and our partners to continue to fill the gaps. We are actively seeking partnerships to advance research, data collection, and policy supporting net-positive, urban infill, mid-rise residential buildings. Please bring your ideas and expertise and help us make progress toward achieving this Commitment in a fully collaborative fashion.

Please watch this space. We will begin to define our goals, upload our metrics, introduce our partners, and share our process here.