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Submission: February 17, 2020
Registration: February 17, 2020
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Open


Seventy-five percent of New York City’s high-rise office buildings are more than a half a century old. Most will still be standing in 2030, a milestone year on the city’s roadmap to carbon neutrality. Since buildings alone account for more than 80 percent of the city’s carbon footprint, equipping as many as possible with energy-efficient features is essential to reducing carbon emissions.

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metals in construction

Submission: February 01, 2017
Registration: February 01, 2017
Language: English
Location: Concept
Prizes: 1st Prize: $15,000
Type: Open


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.

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