Are you being trained for the worls you will inherit? – the 2030 Challenge

The above title came from the recently received e-newsletter from the USA 2030 Challenge. The 2030 challenge seeks to reduce carbon emissions from new and existing buildings by 2030. The newsletter and the 2030 challenge makes for excellent reading, in particular:

  • targets set for each building sector – new and existing
  • informative background information on climate change
  • global case studies of design and construction that address sustainability and environmental impact
  • archived web casts

But what really caught my interest was the contribution that the building sector makes to the total US carbon emissions…

Combining the annual energy required to operate residential, commercial, and industrial buildings along with the embodied energy of industry-produced building materials like carpet, tile, glass, and concrete exposes buildings as the largest energy consuming and greenhouse gas emitting sector….the architecture and building community is responsible for 48% almost half of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions annually. Globally the percentage is even greater.”

What is the UK figure? With the exception of housing do we have targets set for each building type – new and existing? What is the UK building sectors annual carbon emissions and what is the trend? (the USA is 700 million tonnes per annum – a three fold increase since the 1960’s)

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One Response to Are you being trained for the worls you will inherit? – the 2030 Challenge

  1. oehsq says:

    Good site!!!

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