Washington, D.C. – December 16, 2015 –The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement as the COP21 meeting of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change concluded. Please attribute the statement to AIA President Russell Davidson, FAIA:
"The COP-21 agreement presents a major opportunity for architects around the globe to provide leadership in designing buildings and communities that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Its call for capacity building for adaptation and mitigation of climate change represents exactly what the architecture profession excels at providing.
"Through design our profession is helping guide building owners, consumers and governments - particularly Uncle Sam - to be leaders in energy conservation and reduced dependence on the use of fossil fuels. As we have noted before, residential and commercial buildings account for almost 40 percent of both total U.S. energy consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. According to government statistics, better designed buildings have already saved our country approximately $560 Billion in energy costs since 2005.
“AIA architects are continuing to work toward a carbon neutral built environment through the 2030 Commitment program. As more and more architects globally make the commitment to design sustainable buildings we look forward to playing a crucial role in making the goals of this accord a reality."
About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.