Up for the Challenge

May 17, 2021

We did it! TLCD is excited to announce a two-year milestone in our commitment to the Architecture 2030 Challenge. The 2030 Challenge is a call to action for the building industry to implement sustainable building practices and track the metrics of these practices with the goal for all projects to be carbon neutral by 2030.

To help us design carbon neutral projects and become a leader in reduction of carbon emissions, we have joined with over 800 other A/E/C firms by committing to the AIA’s 2030 Challenge. The AIA has created a project tracking tool called the DDx (Design Data Exchange) which uses metrics to calculate EUI Energy Use Intensity in kBtu/sq.ft.-yr.

The DDX reporting format gives us the ability to track our progress toward the 2030 carbon neutral target.

According to the 2030 challenge, buildings account for 39% of annual global emissions. Architecture 2030 objectives are to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions of the built environment by 2030 and phase out fossil fuel CO2 emissions by 2040. These objectives align with the Paris Agreement where 195 countries have pledged to not exceed the world’s average surface temperature by 1.5 degrees Celsius over the next ten years. Eliminating emissions is imperative to meeting the Paris climate agreement targets.


With entry of projects into the 2030 DDX website we are our affirming our industry commitment to make carbon neutrality a design standard.

As members of the architecture and design community we are in a unique position to affect real change through responsible, innovative building design. Planning a buildings’ future performance with real data gives our clients the power to make decisions for building efficiency and have a positive impact on the environment.