What: Recognizing that buildings are the largest single contributor of greenhouse gases, the AIA is encouraging architects and engineers to exercise leadership in their professions and to work toward sustainable, energy-efficient building designs by joining the AIA 2030 Commitment, with the ultimate goal of carbon-neutral buildings by 2030.
Thornton Tomasetti is the first structural engineering firm to join the AIA 2030 Commitment, joining the ranks of more than 100 architects that have signed on to date.
“This is a significant milestone for our 2030 Commitment Program,” said AIA President, George H. Miller, FAIA. “It was our original intention to have disciplines in addition to architecture firms commit to reducing energy consumption in their project portfolios, and we strongly encourage other engineering firms to follow Thornton Tomasetti’s lead and join the program as well.”
How: As a participating firm Thornton Tomasetti commits to implement the following four key steps:
• Within two months of signing the commitment, Thornton Tomasetti will establish a team to guide the development of the firm’s sustainability efforts and implementation of its commitment plan.
• Within six months of signing the commitment, Thornton Tomasetti will implement a minimum of four operational action items. These actions will be undertaken while the long-term sustainability plan is in development.
• Within one year of signing the commitment, Thornton Tomasetti will develop a long range sustainability action plan that aligns with the stated 2030 benchmarks for achieving carbon neutrality.
• Subsequently, ThorntonTomasetti will make the sustainability action plan available by providing it to the AIA for posting and committing to annual progress reports.
About Thornton Tomasetti (www.ThorntonTomasetti.com)
Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. We fulfill the needs of our clients at every stage in the building life cycle through seven integrated practices in Structural Engineering, Façade Engineering, Forensics, Renewal, Construction Engineering, Property Loss Consulting and Sustainability. Founded in 1956, today Thornton Tomasetti is an 800-person organization of engineers, architects and other professionals collaborating from offices across the United States and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
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