AIA 2030 badge commemorates HOK’s decade of reporting project energy performance for the betterment of architecture and the planet.
The American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) 2030 Commitment aims to transform the built environment by challenging the global design and construction community to achieve carbon neutrality for all new buildings, developments and major renovations by 2030.
As one of the first design firms to sign on to the commitment, HOK has now reported a decade’s worth of project energy performance to the AIA Design Data Exchange, which tracks progress and compares performance across the industry. In honor of HOK’s support, the AIA recently presented the firm with an AIA 2030 badge. The digital insignia recognizes HOK for 10 years of sharing its project data and results for the betterment of the industry and the planet.
Transparency is key to the success of the AIA 2030 Commitment, and the AIA platform enables firms to address the climate challenge in a project-based, data-driven manner.
“The sense of urgency is greater now than when we began,” said Anica Landreneau, HOK’s director of sustainable design. “Not only are we seeing more awareness of the built environment’s impact on our climate, we’re also seeing building codes and policies becoming more aligned with the AIA 2030 goals.”
In 2020, HOK projects tracked a 56 percent reduction of energy use intensity from the baseline level established by the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey. This places HOK ahead of many of its industry peers and above the AIA average in terms of energy reduction. Still, much work remains to achieve carbon neutrality across the firm’s global portfolio.
Significant HOK projects recently recognized for their energy performance and sustainability include LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B in New York (LEED Silver-anticipated), the Kaiser-Permanente Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical Offices in Los Angeles (LEED Platinum) and the Kentucky International Convention Center (LEED Silver).
“While we’ve made significant progress, we can always do better,” said Landreneau. “We recognize that transparency is critical to this process because it enables us to pinpoint which areas need improvement. We can hold ourselves accountable and stay on track to achieving a carbon-neutral portfolio.”