We view the need to reduce carbon emissions from our built environment as an exciting challenge that has the power to unite people across a diverse range of backgrounds and experience. Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all carbon emissions in the United States, and this also means that as architects we have a large role to play in solutions to our climate crisis.
Since 2002, Architecture 2030 has been working to "rapidly transform the built environment from the major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate and energy crisis," with a goal that by 2030 all new construction and major renovations will be carbon neutral. Precipitate is a proud signatory of the AIA 2030 Commitment.
Energy use is the major contributor to carbon emissions from buildings. We work toward net-positive energy design and consulting, specifically utilizing passive design as a tool to reach carbon neutrality in a cost-effective manner. We address additional aspects of design that play a role, including water, materials, transportation access, and landscape.
We are committed to helping our clients take steps toward carbon neutrality at the scale of individual projects, and help them plan most effective steps toward future carbon neutrality for their communities and campuses. We believe this starts with benchmarking existing conditions, so we start our projects by gathering information about site and program needs, and recent energy bills as well.