Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Getting to Net Zero: A Discussion on Low Carbon Construction

6:00-7:30 pm, Wednesday, February 19, 2020
AIA San Francisco, 130 Sutter Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94104

The construction industry, through building construction and building use, contributes roughly 40% of total anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions to the environment. Embodied carbon (emissions from building materials and construction) makes up over 25% of this total. The design decisions we make as structural engineers and architects directly impact these emissions. This gives us a vital role to play in reducing the environmental impact of the built environment. This panel session will discuss advances the structural engineering profession is making toward net zero embodied carbon structures, discuss the top three actions structural engineers and architects can take to reduce the embodied carbon in their projects, and discuss how structural engineers and architects can work better together to effectively reduce the embodied carbon of their projects.

Panelists include Brad Jacobson (Principal, EHDD), Bruce King (Founder, Ecological Building Network), Nicholas Miley (KPFF Consulting Engineers), Larry Strain (Principal, Siegel & Strain Architects), Megan Stringer (Associate Principal, Holmes Structures), Vaclav Hasik (LCA Analyst, Urban Fabrick).

This session will be of interest for all building professionals and will raise awareness among architects and structural engineers about how they can make wiser design choices to reduce emissions. Attendees will leave with an idea of sustainable strategies that can be implemented on their projects. This session includes panelists who helped develop the first Low Carbon Concrete Building Code in the U.S. as well as panelists who are involved in the Structural Engineering movement, SE2050, to get to net zero embodied carbon structures by year 2050. The session will be interactive, so come with your questions and ready for discussion! (1.5LU/HSW)

For more information and to register, visit: Events at AIA San Francisco

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