2021 was a year for reflection and revision on priorities, policies, and portfolios.
This year, The American Institute of Architects sent its first delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, to raise awareness of the role of the building sector, to connect with decision-makers and partner organizations, and to advocate for policies that support decarbonization and adaptation.
At the 26th conference, nations agreed on the Glasgow Climate Pact, which states that carbon emissions will have to fall by 45 percent by 2030 to keep alive the 1.5°C (2.7°F) goal. This pact called for nations to return in 2022 with new, more ambitious targets to curb emissions.
On December 8, 2021 President Biden signed Executive Order 14057, accelerating the Federal Government’s efforts toward a net-zero building portfolio. Under the policy, all new construction and modernization projects greater than 25,000 square feet must be designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2032 and achieve net-zero across its portfolio by 2045.
The U.S. sustainable fund landscape surged to a record of nearly $21.5 billion in the first quarter of 2021.
With global climate initiatives and federal policies prioritizing a greener future, we’ve seen a big bump in demand for our services.
In 2021, we’ve onboarded 70 new projects across 15 states.