AIA Akron is a local component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). We represent over 170 members in 11 counties of the greater Akron area. Our mission is to organize and unite in fellowship the members of the Architecture profession. We promote the aesthetic, scientific and art of planning by advancing the standards of architectural education, training, and practice, to coordinate the building industry and the profession of architecture to ensure the advancement of the living standards or people through their improved environment.
The drumbeat of news about effects related to a changing climate—and the resulting loss of life and property—refuses to stop. The 2018 IPCC report clearly communicates the urgency to take substantial steps towards reducing our energy consumption and combating climate change—for our well-being and that of our environment.
With 40 percent of US energy consumed by buildings, architects play a key role in making significant reductions in CO2 emissions. The AIA 2030 Commitment program offers architects a way to publicly show their dedication and track progress toward a carbon-neutral future. Since 2009, participants in the Commitment have reported the performance of their firm portfolios over each calendar year. The data, collected via the 2030 Design Data Exchange (DDx), includes building type, area, baseline energy performance, and predicted energy performance.
Firms who have joined the 2030 Commitment are already putting in the work. In this single year, the 2030 Commitment participants reported energy savings equivalent to the carbon that would be sequestered by 21 million acres of forest in the US in a year. That’s nearly as big as the state of Maine.
Learn more about the impact 2030 Commitment firms are making in the 2017 by the numbers summary report, now available for download.
Akron AIA members and associates –
The House of Representatives has approved the HB 504 this past week. As this bill moves to the Senate for review, AIA Akron asks that all our members please take the time and understand what this can potentially mean for the Architect profession. Though the bill provides opportunity to the Interior Design profession, it will also provide hardship for the Architectural profession as well, especially in the current economic position of our region.
As a practicing professional I can attest to the current competitive nature of our profession. We are currently in a construction market and there is a lot of opportunity. In this situation the architectural fees tend to trend downwards. Imagine adding an additional profession that are able to bid on the same projects further diluting fees and expanding the owners possibility for selection. This will drive fees down further for the same amount of work in order to stay competitive.
In addition to potential lost fees and increase work load to maintain profit and revenue, the greatest concern is the health, safety and welfare to the public. The HSW of the public is what architects have been taught and practiced their whole educational and professional careers. We have sworn to protect the inhabitants of our buildings and surroundings, hence our elevated standard of care for the public. Though the interior design education and professional system is robust, there are additional HSW elements that may be missed. The Architectural profession provides a holistic approach that combines multiple building elements to provide safe shelter for its inhabitants.
As AIA members and Architectural professionals please take the time to reach out to our representatives to express your concerns. We believe HB 504 provides multiple issues for the architectural profession and can provide hardship for our profession in the future.
Benjamin Riha, AIA
175 Montrose West Ave, Suite 400
Akron, OH 44321