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January 01, 2015

BAR becomes official signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment

San Francisco, CA – BAR is pleased to announce that we are official signatories to the AIA 2030 Commitment, a national initiative that provides firms with the framework to report building design performance, while working to achieve carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030.

In an effort to help firms achieve the 2030 Challenge (carbon-neutral design), the AIA has created a national framework with a standardized reporting format to help firms evaluate the impact that design decisions have on a building’s energy performance. This standardized format will essentially place a value on the effectiveness of sustainable design decisions, helping firms evaluate best practices to use in working towards accomplishing the 2030 Challenge. Since buildings consume nearly half of all energy produced in the U.S., it is important that in moving forward, buildings are designed with highly efficient energy performance systems. Designing all buildings as carbon neutral by the year 2030 is an ambitious challenge; however, with this collaborative effort for firms to pool together our sustainable design decisions, we can put this challenge within reach.

Sustainable design lives strongly in the buildings that BAR designs because it manifests from within our company culture. We believe that sustainability is a lifestyle that starts with the individual, is practiced within the firm and transcends through our building design. This is why we incorporate sustainable practices like composting our trash, utilizing a highly efficient natural lighting system and sourcing locally recycled paper to help reduce our carbon footprint. These, plus many more initiatives, have helped BAR become recognized as a San Francisco Bay Area Green Business.

Signing on to the AIA 2030 Commitment distinguishes our pledge to sustainability, reinforces our sustainable culture, and helps us prepare for the future. Recognizing sustainable design as an important piece to the puzzle, we are excited to help contribute as sustainable design moves forward. The 2030 Commitment helps us achieve our goal to design all buildings as carbon-neutral by the year 2030.

Watch our video highlighting our pledge for the AIA 2030 Commitment.