All-electric building projects increased by 134% since 2020, finds AIA report

Posted by Johann Nacario — December 4, 2023 — The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has published the newest edition of its annual “By the Numbers” report, AIA logoproviding a detailed analysis of the energy performance of architecture and design firm signatories of the 2030 Commitment.

The 2030 Commitment is a global architecture and building industry initiative, aimed at achieving a carbon-neutral future. The “By the Numbers” report tracks the progress and delineates the strides made by architects and designers towards this ambitious goal.

The report offers a comprehensive view of the collective impact of the firms engaged in the 2030 Commitment, highlighting their commitment to creating more sustainable and energy-efficient buildings. It further underscores the critical role architects play in addressing climate change, and the need to bring more firms onboard to the commitment.

  • Firms reported 707 all-electric buildings totaling 80.10 million ground square feet, a 134% increase from projects reported in 2020.
  • There were 346 net zero energy projects reported, a 345% increase since 2018.
  • Energy modeling saw a steady decrease over the past three years, down almost 15% from 2020, signaling the need for architects to continue to advocate to their clients the importance of energy modeling for high-performing design.

Detailed analysis and the full AIA 2030 Commitment By the Numbers report can be found at AIA.