Architects are key players in helping California reach its energy goals. The AIACC has committed resources to the energy issue as one of its primary “Strategic Initiatives” for 2013. From focusing on programs and opportunities to enhancing the skills, abilities, and attitudes of design professionals to engaging in legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts, to research initiatives, the AIACC is committed to this proactive effort. One of those efforts included the development of a public policy on the architect’s role in the energy issue.
The key elements of the policy include:
- A commitment to helping California achieve the goals set out in AB32
- An endorsement of the CPUC Strategic Plan
- Specific strategies to help the profession meet the 2020 and 2030 ZNE goals through education
research, and collaboration with stakeholders
This policy will be used to direct specific activities for the AIACC to help the profession meet the states Zero Net Energy (ZNE) goals.
The policy is now available online and open for a 30-day comment period. The comments will be reviewed by the AIACC Energy and the Built-Environment Steering Committee and a second draft will be presented to the Board for review and decision during the November 2013 Board of Directors meeting in Los Angeles.
Background: To meet the state’s ambitious energy reduction goals, (outlined in AB 32) California has committed to a strategic plan that fundamentally focuses on market transformation to attain zero net energy for residential and non-residential structures. This transformation will change the profession in significant ways and will cause the AIACC to identify a new agenda for better supporting professionals as they address the critical issues of climate change and energy in California.
With the tipping point of carbon emissions into the atmosphere recently surpassed, the California Energy Commission, California Public Utilities Commission, and Investor Owned Utility’s, have reached out to architects through the AIACC to help in the energy challenge. This year, the AIACC has called upon members who are recognized leaders in energy efficient buildings and sustainability to discuss and suggest steps in an energy initiative in order to assist the State of California’s 2020, 2030, and Zero Net Energy efforts and to prepare our members to meet the energy building code updates coming with the 2013, 2016, and 2019 code cycles.
The Steering Committee met and, the group determined that an AIACC energy/sustainability policy should be re-established to support members before the Legislature, CEC, CPUC, utility companies, and the public. The policy, “Principles for Advocating Energy, Water, and Resource Efficient Design”, was presented to the AIACC Board of Directors on July 26, 2013 for review and comment. The next step is to solicit comments from AIA components and members.
Click here to view the policy, upon reviewing the policy please leave your comments below.