E04 - Building Energy Literacy: The 2030 Commitment's Transformation of Firm Culture

Thursday, November 15 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | 183A « Back

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This session will provide case studies of four firms of various sizes and geographic regions, and demonstrate how the AIA 2030 Commitment has made an impact on the culture and practice of their organizations. Firms participating in the AIA 2030 Commitment track their progress towards Architecture 2030’s goals for every project in design, each year. We will also discuss next steps for these organizations as they continue to push for more efficient buildings. The short case studies will present the opportunities and challenges that each firm has experienced while integrating the 2030 Commitment and trying to shift firm culture to make energy performance part of the dialog of the design process. Examples include the firmwide establishment of holistic sustainability tracking and goal setting from the project level to firm operations, instituting the practice of tracking actual energy performance, internal recognition of successful teams, firm organization to support sustainability goals, and the use of tools to support the firms progress such as the AIA’s online performance tracking tool the DDx. The short panel presentations will provide a comparative look at a diversity of firms’ experience that will set the stage for dialog with the audience on transformation of firm culture.

Learning Objectives:

Summarize what the 2030 Commitment is and the key attributes of the program

Compare and appraise different strategies of how to build energy literacy within an organization

Apply different design process approaches to reduce the energy usage of their work

Participants will be able to implement strategies for cultural transformation around issues of building energy usage in their firms.

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Education Tracks: Storytelling (Special Set Room)

Event Type: Core Education Program > Session