Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - AIA 2030 Commitment - General

1.  When is the submission deadline?
2.  How often is reporting required?
3.  Which projects should be included?

4.  Do I need to complete all of the fields?
5.  Should a project in conceptual or preliminary design stages be included?

6.  Should a project in construction be included? 
7.  Should a project which has been put on hold be included? 
8.  Can a project be represented on multiple years’ reports? 
9.  How is the ‘Firm PEUI % reduction from average’ calculated? 
10. Why is reporting based on site EUI and not source EUI? 
11. Can the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) or other renewable energy credits be considered in a project’s calculation of EUI? 
12. Can on-site generated renewable energy contribute to a project’s calculation of EUI?
13. What are best practices in setting the baseline EUI? 
14. Why is installed LPD used as the main criteria for interiors projects? 
15. Why is the LPD reduction goal 25% from ASHRAE 90.1 2007? 
16. What if LPD was not calculated on a project? 
17. How does the design code relate to the target LPD?
18. If several firms work on the same project, which firm’s 2030 Report should include this project? 
19. How should attached structured parking be represented?

 


For AIA 2030 DDx FAQs, go here .

1. When is the submission deadline?
Portfolio submissions are due on March 31 each year. This includes both submitting all projects and then submitting the portfolio.

2. How often is reporting required?
Your portfolio is reported for a calendar year’s design work early in the following year. All firms will submit by March 31 in order for information to be included in an AIA annual report. However, projects can be added to the AIA 2030 DDx and submitted to the Institute throughout the year. We encourage using the DDx reporting in parallel with the project phase development and submitting at the completion of each design phase or at minimum once a year.

3. Which projects should be included?
Include all design projects which meet the following criteria:

  • Was in an active design phase during the report calendar year (Conceptual, Schematic, Design Development, Construction Documents or Construction Administration)

  • Architectural projects with minimum scope including HVAC system modifications or substantial envelope modifications

  • OR interiors-only projects which included lighting design

  • Projects which were not in a design phase during the calendar year should not be included.

We understand there will be some projects that are a bit amibiguous on whether they should be included. A helpful way to consider what to track: “_1. It could help clients save money by further integrating energy analysis and metrics into my practice_” and “_2. It will boost my firm’s profile by developing new sustainability approaches and creating a firm culture that exemplifies sustainable design_”.

The 2030 Commitment is intended to be primarily an internal practice tool.  We don't suggest including projects just because the data looks good, in the same way we don't recommend leaving it out because it is not meeting the goal. Just keeping it honest. 
 

 


4. Do I need to complete all of the fields? 
No. The minimum required fields for reporting (saving and submitting) a project are:

  • Project Name/Identifier
  • Country
  • Project Design Phase
  • Project Construction Type (New or Existing)
  • Project Use Type
  • Zip Code (US Projects)
  • Building Use Type
  • Building Area
  • Energy Modeling Status
  • Energy Baseline (EUI)
  • Design Energy (pEUI)
  • Will Energy Use Data be Collected
  • LPD Baseline (Interiors Only Projects)
  • LPD (Interiors Only Projects)
  • Design Energy Code

     

5. Should a project in conceptual or preliminary design stages be included?
Yes, as long as use type and gross square feet are established. If energy modeling is planned but has not yet produced a predicted energy use, an energy target may be used. Similarly for interiors projects, a LPD target may be used.

6. Should a project in construction be included? 
A project currently under construction should only be included if it was in a design phase during the calendar year or if construction-phase modifications to envelope design or building systems were substantial enough to warrant a revised energy model or code compliance calculation.

7. Should a project which has been put on hold be included? 
Yes, if project and scope of work meet the description of a project which should be included. There is an option for selecting "on hold" as the project design phase.

8. Can a project be represented on multiple years’ reports or submit multiple design phases within a single year? 

Yes, the AIA 2030 Commitment is meant to provide a snapshot of a firm’s overall portfolio and help you track your project through multiple phases of design. Many projects span multiple years and we encourage projects to be submitted at each design phase. It is important to report the "Design Closeout Final" project phase. This project phase is a key benchmark as we move toward adding capabilities to compare projected design performance with actual performance data.


9. How is the ‘Firm PEUI % reduction from average’ calculated? 

For each project which is not interior-only, % PEUI reduction from average is multiplied by the project’s GSF. The sum of these products is divided by the sum of GSF of the same projects to yield a weighted average % reduction from average. This number represents the firm’s progress toward the 2030 goals. 

10. Why is reporting based on site EUI and not source EUI? 
Source energy reflects the energy used not only at the building but also used in electricity generation, transmission, storage, etc. While this is an important measure of embodied energy and an important part of calculating a carbon footprint, the focus of this reporting is to analyze the energy performance of our work. Additionally, site energy is often the unit most relevant to our clients, as this is what is represented on their utility bills.

11. Can the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) or other renewable energy credits be considered in a project’s calculation of EUI? 
No. At this point the project EUI only includes onsite renewables. Offsite renewables or RECS are not included in this analysis.

12. Can on-site generated renewable energy contribute to a project’s calculation of EUI?
Yes, provided that the power produced (or the environmental attributes of the power produced) are used on-site. Once a PEUI for the project is determined, subtract the predicted energy production per square foot to arrive at a final PEUI which accounts for on-site renewables.

13. What are best practices in setting the baseline EUI? 
See further information in the baselines section for step by step guidance.

14. Why is installed LPD used as the main criteria for interiors projects? 
Because, generally, the ability of an interior design project to affect building EUI is mostly limited to lighting design. Since interiors projects tend to not include HVAC system or envelope modifications, lighting power density is the criterion which is most applicable to interiors work. Please note that while Lighting Use Intensity (LUI) is a more meaningful prediction of how lighting contributes to overall energy use in a building, LUI can only be derived from energy modeling, which is seldom employed for interiors-only projects. 

15. Why is the LPD reduction goal 25% from ASHRAE 90.1 2007? 
This is a challenging target, yet achievable with today's technology. This reduction earns 3 of 5 relevant points for a LEED-CI 2009 project, and it is a common threshold for commercial lighting tax deductions and financial incentives.

16. What if LPD was not calculated on a project? 
Only interiors projects which include lighting design should be included in 2030 reporting. If LPD has not yet been calculated because it is early in the project's schedule, an LPD target may be used. If LPD is left blank, a 0% reduction is assumed.

17. How does the design energy code relate to the target LPD?
See further informaiton in the LPD inputs section. Comprehensive information about LPD design energy code equivalents is not currently available. We do provide a reference table so you can get a sense of the likely range your project should be situated based on the design energy code. Keep in mind the baseline for the 2030 Commitment for LPD is ASHRAE 90.1 2007.

18. If several firms work on the same project, which firm’s 2030 Report should include this project? 
All firms involved in a project’s design may use the project’s data in their 2030 reporting. The intent is to capture a firm’s complete portfolio of work. 

19. How should attached structured parking be represented?

If a project which includes parking within the building has been modeled and can be analyzed in Target Finder, use Target Finder entering parking as a secondary space type to arrive at a comparable average EUI. If the project has not been modeled or cannot be analyzed in Target Finder, exclude the parking area from the total GSF.