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Considering the rising attention given to “high-performance” school buildings and the use of LEED certification to validate innovative facility design in the education market, one can easily begin to conside what trends may lay on the next horizon line.

With that said, we wonder if the “2030 °Challenge” will catch fire in the educational facility design field:

That all new buildings and developments be designed to use 1/2 the fossil fuel energy they would typically consume (1/2 the country average for that building type).

That at a minimum, an equal amount of existing building area* be renovated annually to use 1/2 the amount of fossil fuel energy they are currently consuming (through design, purchase of renewable energy and/or the application of renewable technologies).

That the fossil fuel reduction standard for all new buildings be increased to:

  • 60% in 2010
  • 70% in 2015
  • 80% in 2020
  • 90% in 2025
  • Carbon-neutral by 2030 (using no fossil fuel GHG emitting energy to operate).
  • In the meantime, consider using this EnergyStar tool to look specifically at K-12 educational facilities.

    Want to learn more about the “2030 °Challenge”, contact Edward Mazria AIA, Architecture 2030 Founder

    Edward Mazria AIA, is a senior principal at Mazria Inc. Odems Dzurec an architecture and planning firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is author of The Passive Solar Energy Book, senior analyst for the Southwest Climate Council and adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico. He speaks nationally and internationally on the subject of climate change and architecture.

    Thanks to Jessica Barth, current University of Texas @ Arlington School of Architecture graduate student, for mentioning to DesignShare how impressed she was by a recent presentation given by Ed on the subject.

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