Green construction initiatives continue to gain significant momentum across the globe, with different programs aiming to provide focused goals for sustainability. Technology is playing an enabling role in identifying the progress of some of the programs.

One such initiative is the 2030 Challenge from Architecture 2030, www.architecture2030.org, a nonprofit organization that is looking to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the building sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed, and constructed.

Initially launched in 2006, the 2030 Challenge is looking to achieve the following reduction targets: 60% today, 70% in 2015, 80% in 2020, 90% in 2025, and reaching carbon neutrality by 2030. The objectives are reached by implementing sustainable design strategies, generating on-site renewable power, and/or purchasing renewable energy.

Last week, Architecture 2030 and GreenWizard, www.greenwizard.com, Charleston, S.C., entered into a deeper partnership to add a little bit more technology to the 2030 Challenge.

Now, GreenWizard’s new and free Energy Reduction Calculator will help gauge the progress of the targets for energy use in new construction and major renovations. This will help determine the target energy use for a project and help to benchmark against the 2030 Challenge goals. In addition, the calculator can input data from an energy-modeling tool.

GreenWizard’s Founder and CEO Adam Bernholz, says, with the company’s cloud-based platform and the ability to automatically upload energy model output files, GreenWizard has simplified the process of analyzing and reporting information relevant to the 2030 Challenge.

Metrics are essential to any green-building project. Through the use of technology, data can be gathered to measure and benchmark against energy goals. For the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) community, green building is still a top priority and more government mandates may encourage green construction in the future. Technology can be center to helping gather green data on projects.