Guide to Sustainable Design for Architecture, Engineering & Construction


To address the urgent challenges of climate change, energy security concerns, and the need for new economic opportunities, policy makers worldwide are establishing aggressive regulations for building energy efficiency at local, state, and national levels.

These challenges demand a transformational approach that is enabled by design and analysis technology. Using this technology will help owners and energy managers optimize project costs and energy efficiency, and meet new government standards for transitioning buildings to net-zero energy.

The impact of these regulations will reach across the entire building stock: government, commercial and residential sectors, and new and existing buildings. Architecture 2030 estimates that over the next 30 years, 75 percent of buildings will be new or renovated, providing the AEC industry with an enormous opportunity.

Today, it is no longer enough to simply design code-compliant buildings. Architects, engineers, builders, owners, and energy service companies must aim for net-zero-energy buildings by delivering designs that adhere to more stringent sustainability requirements. Keeping net-zero energy a goal during construction or renovation helps building owners avoid costly energy retrofits later.

Learn more about industry initiatives for energy efficiency and sustainability governance in the building industry. You can also visit one of the following resources:

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