WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Through its Board of Directors, The
American Institute of Architects (AIA) has adopted position statements to
promote sustainable design and resource conservation to achieve a minimum
reduction of fifty percent of the current consumption level of fossil fuels
used to construct and operate buildings by the year 2010. In order to
accomplish this goal, the AIA will collaborate with other national and
international organizations, the scientific research community, and the public
health community. As part of this initiative, the AIA will also develop and
promote the integration of sustainability into the curriculum for the
education of architects and architecture students, so that this core principle
becomes a guiding mindset for current and future architects.
"Buildings account for forty-eight percent of U.S. energy consumption and
generate far more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector," said R.K.
Stewart, FAIA, facilitator of the AIA Sustainability Summit Task Force. "As
architects, we must accept responsibility for our role in creating the built
environment. We feel it is incumbent upon the architecture profession to alter
our actions and encourage both our clients and the entire design and
construction industry to join us in plotting a course of measurable changes
that will improve the quality of life for everyone."
Fundamental to helping ensure actual results, the AIA also supports the
development and use of rating systems and standards that promote the design
and construction of communities and buildings that contribute to a more
sustainable and environmentally conscious future.
According to the AIA, an undertaking of this magnitude will require a
concentrated effort over the next ten to fifteen years, especially in
educating clients about their role in the success of this effort. For the
complete AIA new position statements, click here:
Stewart added, "The time has come to require specific goals for
significant reductions in energy use, with enhanced performance assured
through commissioning of building systems. And to truly make an impact, there
needs to be far greater use of renewable energy sources and the use of
innovative design principles that will dramatically improve environmental
performance in the built environment. Because energy consumption reductions
will be realized over the entire life of a building, we need to look beyond
the first impacts associated with constructing a facility and really consider
what happens over the many decades that the facility will be used."
For more information about the AIA Committee on the Environment, visit
About The American Institute of Architects
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worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy,
secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA members have access to
the right people, knowledge, and tools to create better design, and through
such resources and access, they help clients and communities make their
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