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Beyond Energy Efficiency: How to Address The Carbon Impact of Building Materials (1.5LU|ZNCD)

The architectural community has made incredible gains in the last few decades in dramatically reducing the operational carbon emissions of buildings through energy efficiency measures in building enclosures and mechanicals. However, to achieve the critical and ambitious climate action goals required of our industry to realize a decarbonized built environment, we must address the tons of near-term emissions released prior to our building’s occupation during the production of building materials. Using a combination of goal-setting, carbon accounting tools, and good design process, we can use our power as designers and architects to turn some of the largest emitters of carbon emissions in our buildings into carbon sinks. In this session, the presenters will explore the What, Why, and How of reducing the pre-occupancy carbon impact of our buildings and leave you with tangible steps to address this crucial component of our work in achieving zero carbon buildings.

About Your Speakers

Jacob Deva Racusin is Director of Building Science and Sustainability with New Frameworks Natural Design/Build, offering services in renovation, new construction, consultation, and education. As a builder, consultant, designer, and educator, Jacob merges his passions for ecological stewardship, relationship to place, and social justice. Jacob has authored two books and numerous articles, and regularly instructs on topics of building science and climate impact. A co-developer of the BEAM tool and an active member of the Carbon Leadership Forum, Jacob is engaged in code and policy development, professional training, and other initiatives supporting the transition to a more just industry.

Chris Magwood is obsessed with helping reverse climate change by making carbon-storing buildings that are also healthy, beautiful, efficient and inspiring and assisting others to do the same.

Chris has authored seven books on sustainable building and is co- editor of the Sustainable Building Essentials series from New Society Publishers. His new book, Building Beyond Zero: New Ideas for Carbon-Smart Architecture, is co-authored with Bruce King and published by Island Press. In 1998 he co-founded Camel’s Back Construction, a design-build firm focused on straw bale construction and renewable energy. Chris has completed an MA at Trent University. His thesis, Opportunities for Carbon Removal and Storage in Building Materials which was published in the fall of 2019.

Chris is an active speaker and workshop instructor in Canada and internationally. 


Nov 10 2022


12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Nov 10 2022
  • Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


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