Submission: February 01, 2017
Registration: February 01, 2017
Prizes: 1st Prize: $15,000
An important part of the sustainability conversation, the Architecture 2030 Challenge addresses the energy buildings consume day to day. However, achieving true sustainability means looking at a building’s energy use over an entire lifetime, including the energy consumed in producing the materials used in its construction. Studies have shown that the CO2 emissions embodied in these materials account for 50 to 300 percent of a building’s overall consumption. The numbers are striking, given that minimizing embodied energy can be as simple as substituting materials that produce fewer CO2 emissions or eliminating nonessential components entirely.