Credible scientists give us ten years to be well on our way toward global greenhouse gas emissions reductions in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. Fifty percent of those emissions can be traced to buildings. With proper tools and training, architects can make a difference.
In response to the threat of climate change, Architecture 2030, a non-partisan, national not-for-profit started by architect Ed Mazria AIA, has issued the 2030 Challenge asking the global architecture and building community to reach the goal of carbon-neutral buildings by 2030.
In 2012, the BSA offered the AIA+2030 Professional Series, pioneered by sister chapter AIA Seattle, which confronts this challenge and provides tangible steps toward reaching the goal. This ten-part series of professional development courses provides specific ways to make our built environment energy-efficient. The courses include Waste Heat Recovery, Energy Modeling and Active Solar Systems, and cover a variety of techniques and strategies specific to creating the type of buildings we need to be creating in the future.
Series Moderator Jim Stanislaski AIA is a senior architect with Gensler, a global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm with 3,000+professionals in 41 locations. After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University, Jim spent four years in the US Air Force working on major building, environmental and infrastructure projects around the world. Jim’s broad range of sustainable project experience includes intermodal transportation centers, museums, schools, offices and visitor centers. Jim has led several National Park Service projects, including two major adaptive reuse building projects in urban parks. He has served on two National Academies research panels on energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction strategies at airports and has spoken at multiple national conferences on airport design and renewable energy. He is currently the co-chair of the Boston Society of Architects Committee on the Environment.
What 2012 attendees are saying:
"It was refreshing to attend a course which was truly rooted in obtainable means for saving energy. Most helpful was the layout of the overall course, broken down to different subjects in each seminar, where we were reminded not only of the basics, which we can all too often glance over, but also more in-depth ways to incorporate them into our own practices."
Stephanie MacNeil, AIA, LEED BD+C
HMFH Architects, Inc.
The AIA+2030 Professional Series is approved by Architecture 2030 and by the national American Institute of Architects.