Tuesday, June 1 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm MT
(Virtual Breakout 1:00pm – 1:30pm MT)
Both legislated and voluntary responses to the climate emergency are becoming more ambitious. Consequently, design teams, owners, and operators need to understand how they will be affected and what they need to do ensure the buildings and infrastructure they build today will ensure a more sustainable future for all of us. With the built environment contributing almost 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is imperative that AEC professionals understand the whole life carbon picture and what strategies exist to reduce carbon on our projects. This presentation includes an overview of climate policy targets, the benefits and client drivers for adopting sustainable buildings, and the carbon balance. We will discuss strategies for measuring and reducing both operational and embodied carbon, and review which approaches have the biggest impact on building performance.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- Understand the severe impacts of climate change, the policies in place to address it, and where they fall short
- Understand key drivers for adopting sustainable buildings
- Identify synergies and differences between operational and embodied carbon as part of the carbon balance
- Develop their understanding of how to measure and reduce both operational and embodied carbon as well as what questions to ask of their design teams to ensure project success.
Emily King, Sustainable Performance Lead, Entuitive
Tristan Truyens, Building Performance Analysis Lead, Entuitive