On October 13, 2016, Thornton Tomasetti signed a letter, organized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), urging the United States Congress to retain Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
The mandate sets fossil fuel reduction targets for all new and majorly renovated (at least $2.5 million in 2007 U.S. dollars) federal buildings. The percentage reduction targets start at 55 percent by 2010 and increases to 65 percent by 2015, 80 percent by 2020, 90 percent by 2025 and 100 percent by 2030, below 2003 baseline. These targets mirror the Architecture 2030 Challenge adopted by many architectural, engineering and construction firms including Thornton Tomasetti.
Signing this letter demonstrates the company’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with the building sector but also reflects on a recent Greenbuild educational session “Why & How to Commit Your Business to Climate Action” in which Thornton Tomasetti, along with others, discussed the importance of climate action and policy.
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