AIA Provides Guide to Reducing Carbon Footprint

February 28, 2009

As part of its well-publicized 2030 plan (reducing the fossil fuel use of buildings by 50% in 2010 and carbon neutrality by 2030), the American Institute of Architects is offering a wonderful guide to 50 strategies for greening up buildings.  The strategies provided in the “50to50” book range from “Active Solar Thermal Systems” to “Windows and Openings.”


 As stated in the introduction:

The 50 strategies … have been selected to provide readily available and effective tools and techniques that will have an effective and immediate impact on architects’ ability to achieve significant carbon reduction. The strategies span a spectrum from broad-based site and planning objectives to specific, building-based concepts.

Each topic in the 50to50 provides an overview of the strategy, typical applications, emerging trends, links to other information resources, and the relationship of the current strategy with other carbon-reducing strategies.  The strategies are specifically intended to address the carbon neutrality goal, but also provide a great base for sustainable building design.

The book is offered as a free download from the AIA web site, and you do not have to be a member to access it.  While there, I noticed several other interesting downloads, so don’t be shy about gathering more.  Great building design requires skill and knowledge, and you can’t download skill!

 For more information regarding the AIA’s 2030 plan, see the following Green Building Elements articles:

The AIA and Dwell Magazine Team Up to Spread the Word About Sustainability

Alliance Between USGBC and AIA

AIA Launches “GreenStep” Video Series




Dawn Killough

has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and is the author of Green Building Design 101, an e-book available from Amazon. She is a LEED AP and Certified Green Building Advisor, and has worked on the LEED Certification of three projects in Salem, Oregon.