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Going Electric: A Roundtable Discussion

A Small Firm Forum Program

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Noon-1:30pm

No Registration Required. BYO Lunch (brown-bag lunch)
Free AIA Members / $3 Guests

1.5 CES LUs

Participants:       

  • Moderator: Mercedes Corbell, AIA, Architect
  • Dan Johnson, Sustainability Architect Beyond Efficiency, Berkeley
  • Colin Swan, Skytech Solar
  • Larry Guistino, CEO, A1 Sun
  • Michael McCutcheon, Allied Member, McCutcheon Construction, Berkeley
  • Nancy Malone, AIA, Architect, Siegel and Strain Architects, Emeryville

Amid the urgency to reduce our culture’s carbon footprint that damages our planet’s atmosphere and contributes to rising sea level and dramatic climate events, architects have a unique opportunity to contribute to a solution. Building by building, we can shift away from natural gas* and toward electrically powered buildings. Our buildings can serve as “batteries” powered by the sun, for our cars. Imagine the transformation in our cities, towns and roads.

At the same time, architects have to deal with seemingly constant code and regulations changes, the challenges of delivering projects well, and for some, the added challenge of running a business. There’s never enough time in the day. We will provide information, inspiration and resources for further learning at this roundtable discussion among local experts.

*Natural Gas: burning natural gas releases gases into the air, mainly carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Additionally, the destructive side effects of natural gas occur before it even makes it to the pipes that carry it to users; it’s in the most commonly used and economical method of extracting natural gas, known as “fracking.”

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. Learn about going electric and how it relates to California 2030, Architecture 2030 and carbon neutrality.
  2. Be able to list at least three reasons to go electric and how to get started.
  3. Learn about the associated costs (construction and soft costs) and which experts might be involved during design and construction.
  4. Identify the role of Solar PV (private and community) in going electric.
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