What is the AIA 2030 Commitment program?

The mission of the AIA 2030 Commitment is to transform the practice of architecture in a way that is holistic, firm-wide, project-based and data-driven, so that the AIA and the participating firms can prioritize energy performance and carbon reductions in the design toward carbon neutral buildings, developments and major renovations by 2030.


The AIA 2030 Commitment provides a consistent, national framework for the carbon-neutral goals of the 2030 Challenge with simple metrics and a standardized reporting format to help firms evaluate the impact design decisions have on an individual project's energy performance. The 2030 Commitment recognizes that architects must think differently about sustainable design, rather than trying to meet radical building energy use reduction targets one project at a time. 

What Is The AIA 2030 DDx?

The AIA 2030 Design Data Exchange (DDx) was launched in 2015 as an online tool to facilitate AIA 2030 Commitment reporting, developed in collaboration between AIA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the AIA 2030 Commitment Working Group. The confidential, easy-to-use DDx lets users pinpoint best practices and anonymously compare project performance in their firm and beyond. AIA will not make public any project identifiable data or firm performance without firm permission. Since its launch, the DDx has changed the way project information can be input, reported and utilized by firms, AIA, and DOE. The DDx has also developed the first data set on Design Energy. As the DDx has grown, so has the understanding of energy and the transition of projects from design to construction to operations. 

Key Features and Advantages

In getting to know the 2030 Commitment and DDx, here are some key features and advantages to keep in mind: 


  1. Firm Culture and Accountability


By signing on to the 2030 Commitment, firms signal the importance of sustainable design. The DDx allows firms to incorporate accountability into practice by making project tracking, metrics, and performance analysis key parts of process. Other components of the 2030 Commitment, such as the Sustainability Action Plan, allow firms to articulate and implement a culture of sustainability.


  1. Flexible Reporting: Multiple Users Within The Firm, Multiple Reporting Approaches


The DDx is a live database designed to give a lot of control on managing projects and the project entry process. The DDx provides firms the ability for different types of users to be associated with the firm's account. Users can be one of three types, and firms may have multiple users in each category:

  • Viewers – Have the ability to view and review projects, reports and research.
  • Users – In addition to viewer capabilities, also have the ability to create and edit projects.
  • Administrators – Have the additional abilities to create, edit, submit, withdraw, and advance projects, as well as and update firm account information (e.g. add users, edit office locations, etc.).

The DDx also makes different approaches to reporting possible. The following are just a few of the approaches that firms can consider:

  • Central person or team (DDx administrators) collect information and reports.
  • Project teams (DDx users) report information with review and oversight by a central person or team (DDx administrators). 
  • Project teams (DDx administrators) can report and submit projects across the firm.
  • Firm principals (DDx viewers) can track progress across the firm for performance and accountability. 
  1. Reporting Phases


With the DDx, firms can create records for projects at each phase of design and construction. The most recent project phase will be the one included in the AIA 2030 Commitment reports analysis. 


cCreating project records at different project phases allows users to track performance across phases from Concept through Construction Administration and into Design Closeout Final phase. Users can also benchmark against many similar projects throughout the portfolio in the Research tab.


  1. Share Progress and Success


2030 Commitment signatories are part of a growing cadre of firms who are working to combat climate change through education, energy modeling and advocacy. Signatory and reporting firms will be featured on the 2030 directory on aia.org, in the annual report, and have the opportunity to be featured and national AIA marketing materials and stories. 


The data set can also be used by firms for benchmarking, evaluating trends, and telling their own stories, through the tools in the Research and Reports tab.


  1. The Most Important Metrics


While the DDX tracks a wide range of metrics, the two most important metrics of the AIA 2030 Commitment are predicted energy use intensity (pEUI) for new construction and major renovation projects and lighting power density (LPD) for interiors-only projects. The 2030 Commitment defines consistent and relevant baselines so that firms (and the Commitment as a whole) can establish meaningful benchmarks to track progress and compare performance.