Achieving Zero Framework:

Phasing out CO2 emissions in the urban built environment by mid-century

Reaching a 50% carbon emissions reduction in the built environment by 2030, and zero emissions by 2050, is critical if we are to successfully manage climate change.

Achieving Zero is a framework and set of tools to help city and sub-national governments (state, provincial, and regional) meet this target.

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BENEFITS:

ECONOMIC

Achieving Zero will increase the demand for renewable energy systems, building efficiency upgrades and products, and services from local vendors creating a new economic driver and generating new jobs.

COMMUNITY RESILIENCE

Achieving Zero will help communities weather times of environmental and economic stress, building resiliency through an upgraded building stock and a thriving local economy.

EQUITY

Achieving Zero will help reduce the disparity of climate-related impacts across urban communities while creating new models for financing building efficiency upgrades, and energy access and ownership for those who typically lack these opportunities.

ARCHITECTURE 2030

KEY RESOURCES:

ZERO CODE

The ZERO Code for commercial and mid-rise/high-rise residential buildings is a zero-net-carbon standard that addresses energy efficiency, building systems, and both on and off-site (procured) renewable energy.

ZERO TOOL

The Zero Tool allows users to determine a building’s progress to zero-net-carbon, normalizing building performance by climate, space type, and building size. The Zero Tool is applicable to new and existing buildings.

CARBON SMART MATERIALS PALETTE

The Carbon Smart Materials Palette identifies high-impact building materials and provides strategies and design guidance for reducing their emissions.

2030 PALETTE

The 2030 Palette is an online platform that puts the principles and actions behind carbon neutral and resilient built environments at the fingertips of designers, planners, builders and policymakers worldwide.

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