Day 1 – March 2, 2020
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
1:30 to 3:00 pm
Welcome and Opening Comments
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 5:30 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.
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
Introduction and Remarks
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
Bruce King, Ecological Building Network
Cities 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 codes?
Core Materials: Better Concrete, Better Steel
Dirk Kestner, Walter P Moore
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
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
Wood has the ability to offer a compelling, carbon-sequestering alternative to conventional construction materials for a wide range of project types. What are it opportunities and limitations in current practice? What is wood’s potential to impact global markets? Its risks and rewards?
Building Envelope: Nexus of Operational and Embodied Carbon
Brad Benke, McLennan Design
Envelope materials play a crucial role in a building’s performance and embodied carbon footprint. What is the alternative to designing something that is merely “less bad”? In what ways can we rethink our approach to facades in ways that are less material intensive, carbon sequestering, and/or upgradable?
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 - 1:00 pm
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Announcements and Introduction
Innovative Architecture for Global Development
An inspiring talk on how to create masterful designs that deploy thoughtful materials and climate responsive features for a better future.
2:30 to 3:00 pm
3:00 to 4:00 pm
Put a Ring on It: The Power of Commitments
Andrea Love, Payette
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
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
Resilient Communities: Case Studies of Carbon Positive Development
New developments must be provide the maximum short and long term benefits to the communities they serve, and with the smallest environmental footprint. This session highlights compelling large-scale development projects that demonstrate attainable strategies for meeting zero carbon targets, as well as community resilience.
Interior Dialogue: Material Impact and Innovation
Chris Magwood, The Endeavour Centre
Larry Strain, Siegel & Strain Architects
Jennifer Chen, LMN Architects
The use of a building over its lifespan can have a significant embodied carbon impact. 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
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
Time’s Up: Delivering on Global Promises
Farhana Yamin, Track 0
What is the urgency of the global climate movement? What is the importance of delivering on the Paris agreement? How is the building sector able to move quickly? How are we central to global progress?
9:30 to 10:00 am
10:00 to 11:00 am
The Greenest Building is the One That is Already Built
Carl Elefante, Quinn Evans Architects
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?
Lighten Up! Optimizing Material Use in Structures
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.
11:00 am to noon
Residensity: Urban Land Use and Growth
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
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?
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