2017 Environmental Stewardship Summary
Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This inspires a culture of design and fuels the work we do around the world.
One of the most pressing challenges in the century is to mitigate climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions from human activities. The DLR Group Sustainability Report for 2017 reflects our progress toward meeting the 2030 Challenge. We extract this information from the estimated operational energy consumption, energy production, and energy optimization of DLR Group designs in 2017. Beyond these typical metrics of achievement, we are further beginning to consider the “water-energy nexus,” calculating not only how much water we use to create the energy, but also how to reclaim or conserve it.
DLR Group continues to complete data research to verify actual performance of our designs. We are excited to have submitted three additional buildings into the process of recognition by the New Buildings Institute in 2017 for exemplary energy performance. Once finalized, it will bring our total NBI recognized buildings to a total of 1.5 million square feet of emerging zero energy and ultra-low performing buildings.
Raise the Bar
DLR Group’s average reduction targets of predicted energy use for our high performance designs have consistently exceeded the national peer group average. We set an aggressive goal of ten percent improvement from where we were the previous year. So in 2017 our reduction target came in at 40 percent compared to the average building. A 10 percent improvement set our goal at 44 percent for this past year. I’m thrilled to report that we exceeded that goal and reached a 48 percent reduction in 2017. Additionally, in 2016 we reported that only 16 percent of our entire portfolio by gross square footage met the 2030 Challenge goal. This past year we achieved 36 percent of our portfolio meeting this milestone.
However, as a global design leader, we aim for continuous improvement in meeting 2030 Challenge reduction targets. The trend in our AIA 2030 Commitment reporting shows tangible progress in achieving these goals through broader participation across all DLR Group studios. Both renewable energy and building optimization projects are significantly contributing toward our efforts to achieve the benchmarks of Architect 2030.
Through our performance design practice, DLR Group is poised to meet 2030 Challenge goals on every new project by 2020. Read the details of our progress in our 2017 Environmental Stewardship Summary.
Compare our year-over-year momentum with our 2016 Environmental Stewardship Summary.