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Walking the Talk, OAA HQ meets the 2030 Challenge

09 May 2014 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM



Join members of the OAA’s Building Committee for a presentation on the work that has been done to date on the OAA Headquarters Building as well as future renovations aimed at meeting the 2030 Challenge. 

On March 5, 2009 OAA Council demonstrated its strong support for ‘going green’ by adopting the 2030 Challenge. Initially the Challenge was reviewed by the OAA’s Sustainable Built Environments Committee (SBEC) and recommended to Council that it adopt the 2030 Challenge:

To avoid catastrophic climate change, the growth rate of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must firstly be slowed and then reversed over the next 10 years. The key to keeping global warming under one degree centigrade (°C) above today's level will require immediate action and a concerted global effort. To accomplish this The 2030 Challenge asks the global architecture and building community to adopt a series of targets.

Buildings are the major source of demand for energy and materials that produce by-product greenhouse gases (GHG).To accomplish this, Architecture 2030 has issued The 2030 Challenge asking the global architecture and building community to adopt the following targets:

  • All new buildings, developments and major renovations shall be designed to meet a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance standard of 50% of the regional (or country) average for that building type.

  • At a minimum, an equal amount of existing building area shall be renovated annually to meet a fossil fuel, GHG-emitting, energy consumption performance standard of 50% of the regional (or country) average for that building type.

  • The fossil fuel reduction standard for all new buildings and major renovations shall be increased to: 60% in 2010 70% in 2015 80% in 2020 90% in 2025 Carbon-neutral in 2030 (using no fossil fuel GHG emitting energy to operate). These targets may be accomplished by implementing innovative sustainable design strategies, generating on-site renewable power and/or purchasing (20% maximum) renewable energy and/or certified renewable energy credits.

Since 2009 successive OAA Councils have continued to support the 2030 Challenge and in 2012/13 agreed, in principle, to move forward with renovations to the OAA Building to meet these targets.

The OAA Council is currently considering options that would allow the OAA Headquarters to achieve the requirements of the 2030 Challenge or, even more aggressively, net-zero.  OAA Council feels strongly about demonstrating leadership in the area of sustainable design through the profession’s Headquarters Building and would like to demonstrate to the design and construction industry what can be achieved with a building that is predominately curtain wall in terms of energy efficiency.  

Please join the Building Committee over the lunch time on Friday to learn more and participate in the 2030 Challenge discussion.