News Release: The 2030 Challenge

October 13, 2006

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Architecture 2030

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URGENT CALL FOR HIGHER STANDARDS

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The following email was sent on October 1, 2006 to the President and Board of the US Green Building Council by Architecture 2030 and has since been forwarded to the NEAT Laboratory. The email is reproduced below in its entirety. For more information please visit Architecture 2030's website at http://www.architecture2030.org.  

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been 4 months since the U.S. Conference of Mayors adopted Resolution #50 and The 2030 Challenge calling for an immediate 50% reduction in fossil fuel energy consumption for all buildings in all cities. The EPA (Target Finder) has already defined the 50% energy reduction benchmark for commercial buildings. Clearly, it is time for the USGBC to immediately establish a 50% fossil-fuel building energy consumption minimum for LEED certification.

Therefore, we ask the USGBC to implement the following without delay:

that the fossil-fuel building energy consumption reduction standard required for all new LEED-certified buildings and major renovations be increased to:

Certification: 50%*
Silver: 65%*
Gold: 80%*

Platinum: Carbon Neutral (no fossil fuel greenhouse gas emitting energy consumption to operate.

*percentage below the average for each building type as established by the AIA and EPA's Target Finder

In addition, we ask that ASHRAE Standard 189-P, now under development by the USGBC and ASHRAE, establish a baseline of half (50%)* the fossil-fuel energy consumption of the average for each building type (as defined
 

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