Day 1 – March 2, 2020
12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
1:30 to 3:00 pm
Timing is Everything: The Path to CarbonPositive
Edward Mazria, Architecture 2030
The climate emergency requires us to act now. What are the challenges of the building sector now and over the next 30 years? What are the critical interim and long term carbon targets? How do we begin to address them through planning and policy, design and practice, building and manufacturing?
3:00 to 3:30 pm
3:30 to 4:30 pm
It’s Electrifying! Achieving ZERO Now Through Electrification and Renewables
Panama Bartholomy, Building Decarbonization Coalition
Cole Roberts, Arup
Quickly achieving zero carbon in building operations is a critical dimension of a CarbonPositive future. This session covers the recent policies for decarbonizing both new construction and the existing building stock, including the ZERO Code, all-electric new construction, and greenhouse gas emissions performance standards for existing buildings.
4:30 to 5:30 pm
Network for Change: The Global Embodied Carbon Movement
Kate Simonen, Carbon Leadership Forum
What are the critical levers in policy, manufacturing, design and construction practice for advancing low carbon construction quickly and globally? What are the movement’s successes and what challenges still lie ahead? How do we create and sustain collective action?
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Day 2 – March 3, 2020
7:00 to 8:00 am
8:00 to 9:30 am
Spotlight on the Global South: CarbonPositive Design Tools for Global Markets
Prashant Kapoor, IFC at World Bank Group
Over the next 30 years, the majority of the world’s building construction will occur in cities in the Global South. What approaches and instruments of practice will be most effective in realizing better performing and low carbon buildings in emerging markets?
9:30 to 10:00 am
10:00 to 11:00 am
Cities Lead: Emerging Embodied Carbon Codes and Incentives
Johanna Partin, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance
Panu Pasanen, Bionova
Ross MacWhinney, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
Natasha Balwit, Architecture 2030
Eden Brukman, San Francisco Department of the Environment
Local governments are pioneering the development and implementation of frameworks for decarbonizing the built environment. What are the latest policies from around the world, and which are most promising for reducing embodied carbon emissions? How will these impact building practice, and how can AEC and planning professionals participate and advocate for better policies? This session will include a global overview of the state of embodied carbon policies and testimonies from policymakers on their paths to crafting and implementing impactful policies.
Core Materials: Better Concrete, Better Steel
Dirk Kestner, Walter P Moore
Margaret Hansbrough, Mighty Earth
Bruce King, Ecological Building Network
Buildings and urban infrastructure will continue to rely on the use of concrete and steel, construction materials with the biggest embodied carbon impact. This session explores the available and emerging manufacturing advances, design approaches and specification methodologies for smarter and cleaner steel and concrete use.
Don’t be Square: Circular Economy as Design and Business Strategy
Emily Walport, Arup
Andrew Ellsworth, Doors Unhinged
Unlocking the circular economy holds great potential for dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. How does it apply to buildings and cities? What are the circular strategies that make a compelling business case for low carbon buildings?
11:00 am to noon
Forest AND the Trees: Getting Mass Timber Right
Mark Wishnie, The Nature Conservancy
Jennifer Cover, WoodWorks
Francesca Pierobon, University of Washington
Wood has the ability to offer a compelling, carbon-sequestering alternative to conventional construction materials for a wide range of project types. What are its opportunities and limitations in current practice? What is wood’s potential to impact global markets? Its risks and rewards?
Lighten Up! Optimizing Material Use in Structures
Don Davies, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Ryan Mullenix, NBBJ
An efficient use of materials through thoughtful and innovative design can significantly reduce the embodied carbon of new construction. This session surveys design strategies and parametric tools that optimize material quantity, structural spans and systems comparisons – and how they can be best used by design project teams.
Landing It: Carbon Sequestration in Site Planning and Landscape Design
Pamela Conrad, CMG Landscape Architecture
What are the opportunities for carbon sequestration in site development and landscape design? What are the best techniques, and what tools are available for calculating the carbon balance of these landscape materials and strategies now and over time?
noon - 1:30 pm
1:30 to 2:30 pm
Announcements and Introduction
Towards Half – Designing for a Carbon Positive Future
Kelly Alvarez Doran, MASS Design Group
Sierra Bainbridge, MASS Design Group
MASS Design Group’s Kigali office is increasingly responsible for some of the world’s leading climate positive buildings and large scale developments. How might the methods of highly sustainable construction explored in these projects be a model for the unprecedented construction and urbanization we will see in coming decades – in Africa, the Global South, the West? To realize a more sustainable future, how might we begin to reconsider our approach to materiality, supply chains, labor forces, and the fundamentals of design practice?
2:30 to 3:00 pm
3:00 to 4:00 pm
Put a Ring on It: The Power of Commitments
Andrea Love, Payette
Lisa Conway, Interface
Annie Bevan, Superior Essex
Michael Gryniuk, LeMesssurier
Voluntary industry and professional commitments are accelerating the building sector’s carbon positive transformation. Sector leaders discuss their industry’s commitments and explore additional opportunities for increasing their impact across the architecture, engineering, construction, and manufacturing fields.
Next Gen Biomaterials: Innovation and Promise
Wil Srubar, University of Colorado Boulder
Sara Wilkinson, University of Technology Sydney
Felix Weber, Arup
A CarbonPositive future inspires building materials that aren’t just low-emitting or carbon neutral, but those in which can sequester carbon. What are the most promising bio-based materials and technologies, from those new to the market, to the very leading edge? What are their implications for transforming manufacturing and construction practice as we know it?
Carbon Sequestering Concrete in Los Angeles
Christie Gamble, CarbonCure
Kate Diamond, HDR
An LA area case study project using CarbonCure technology is presented by the project team, with insights into carbon capture technology and regional concrete manufacture, better architectural and engineering design practice, client perspectives, and emerging policies for low carbon concrete construction and procurement.
4:00 to 5:00 pm
Big Zero: Large Scale Carbon Positive Projects
Victoria Kate Burrows, World Green Building Council
Andrew Lee, International Living Futures Institute (ILFI)
In the last two years, progressive organizations and communities have acted on their ambitious public carbon reduction commitments to realize large scale development projects that are achieving zero carbon targets. Case studies in this session will highlight successful design strategies for meeting these targets, trends in material and construction innovation, as well as the business case for carbon positive development at scale.
Interior Dialogue: Material Impact and Innovation
Chris Magwood, The Endeavour Centre
Larry Strain, Siegel & Strain Architects
Jennifer Chen, LMN Architects
Kelsey Wotila, EskewDumezRipple
Over its lifespan, building use and renovation can have significant embodied carbon impacts. How important are interior materials in a project’s overall embodied carbon footprint? Which interior materials are most important to focus on? Does CarbonPositive provide a lens for thinking differently about how we design interiors for remodel cycles, resiliency and the circular economy?
EC3: Transforming Construction Specification and Procurement
Stacy Smedley, Skanska
Kimberly Seigel, Perkins and Will
Jenelle Shapiro, Webcor
EC3 allows AEC professionals to efficiently specify and procure low embodied carbon materials using transparent and verified data, all within a free tool. Designed for easy integration into existing architecture, engineering, and construction workflows, learn how you can use EC3 to transform your practice, and the industry, today.
5:00 to 6:00 pm
Day 3 – March 4, 2020
7:00 to 8:00 am
8:00 to 9:30 am
Announcement and Introduction
2030 is the New 2050: How to Speed Delivery on Global Promises Now
Farhana Yamin, Track 0
Introduction by Edward Mazria, Architecture 2030
The next 10 years are critical to the global climate movement. How far behind are we on delivering on the promise of the Paris Agreement? Why is the building sector poised to make a difference? How can we take action in our cities and local communities? And how can we best support immediate and impactful actions and policies on the international stage?
AIA Large Firm Roundtable’s Countdown on Carbon
9:30 to 10:00 am
10:00 to 11:00 am
Existing Buildings: The Key to Zero Carbon
Carl Elefante, Quinn Evans
Julia Siple, Quinn Evans
Preservation and adaptive re-use are powerful strategies for avoiding embodied carbon in construction. Which existing buildings should be saved, and what are the best tools for assessing whether or not to build new? How do we improve an existing building’s operational and embodied emissions simultaneously? How can we encourage policies that incentivize re-use, infill and urban densification?
Not Just Less Bad: Design at the Nexus of Operational and Embodied Carbon
Ted Hyman, ZGF
Mario Cucinella, Mario Cucinella Architects
How might the consideration of embodied carbon allow us to fundamentally rethink our approach to designing, detailing and constructing efficient buildings? Beautiful ones that are right-sized and long-lived? That require far less energy and materials to create? Are carbon-sequestering, adaptable and/or upgradable over time?
11:00 am to noon
Residensity: Urban Land Use and Growth
Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
How is the material construction of individual buildings tied to larger patterns of land use and planning at the urban and regional scales? What will be the impact of carbon sequestering building material production on natural resources? What determines the bearing capacity of cities to accommodate the growth that is expected in coming decades? What are the leading examples of responsible and sustainable growth from around the world?
Mass Timber and Project Delivery
Robert Jackson, Fast + Epp
Thomas Knittel, HDR
Robin Schiller, CCY Architects
Lindsay Rasmussen, Architecture 2030
What are the implications and advantages of selecting low embodied carbon systems like sustainable CLT, Glulam, and NLT? For project teams? Design and detailing? Permitting? Construction cost, schedule and logistics? Owner’s bottom line?