ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT OF BUILDINGS

Take advantage of the early bird registration for presenting your research submission or just attending for the webinar here !!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – 3:00-4:00 PM CT

OUR SPEAKERS

Presentations

Sybil Derrible – Designing sustainable buildings within their urban context

Michelle Sablack – LEED & Beyond: Trending toward Positive

Marcos Guerrero – Design considerations for HVAC

John Mulrow – How Cyber-Physical Systems Generate Environmental Impact

Paula Debkowska – Benefits of Retro-Commissioning (RCx)

Why the Building Sector?

Buildings currently generate almost 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, represent approximately 25% of embodied carbon worldwide, and are projected to double in square footage by 2060 globally.

WHY THE BUILDING SECTOR? (n.d.). Retrieved July 21, 2020, from https://architecture2030.org/buildings_problem_why/

“the equivalent of adding an entire New York City to the planet every 34 days for the next 40 years.”

There is an increasing pressure to address energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings and construction. Embodied carbon of building structures, substructures, and enclosures account for 11% of annual global GHG emissions and 28% of global building sector emissions.  

Pathways to sustainable building and construction remains a critical challenge and should continue to be addressed through technology solutions, policy developments, energy certifications, and investments and finance to enable transformation. To achieve zero carbon emissions, sustainable system should be at the forefront as buildings are built, renovated, and repurposed. Given the growing number of buildings in cities, dense urban areas present a considerable opportunity to not only focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts but also to address building healthier urban environments for its citizens.

Global Status Report 2017 – World Green Building Council. (n.d.). from https://www.worldgbc.org/sites/default/files/UNEP%20188_GABC_en%20%28web%29.pdf Retrieved July 26, 2020, Meeting the 2030 Challenge. (n.d.). from https://architecture2030.org/2030_challenges/2030-challenge/  Retrieved July 26, 2020

Summer 2020 SEES offers insight into the importance of the ecological footprint of buildings and how to better plan and build sustainably for the future!

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