Designing Outside the Box
Architects and design professionals need to face future choices right now in designing for a better built environment. The buildings of today must satisfy a supreme standard: they are called upon to achieve functional performance and sustainability, to be resilient and promote occupant health, and to be energy efficient, all while minimizing consumption of materials and resources difficult to replace. As the building industry plays a significant role in fighting climate change, building envelope material selections that improve building performance and lower overall CO2e emissions are vital. These demands elicit dramatic changes to building envelope design and the components used within. They also require the data and tools necessary to enable broad and swift action across the building industry in addressing embodied carbon’s role in climate change.
- Define embodied carbon and its effects in the built world
- Using matrix of environmental impacts, make sustainable material selections from both traditional and alternative building products
- Delineate between sustainable certifications, including LEED, LBC, and WELL, to secure a best fit for project goals and outcomes
- Define material health and transparency, LCAs, and EPDs, in order generate a responsive sustainable material selection framework
- Evaluate materials by quantifying embodied carbon impacts through LCA tools such as EC3
This session is FREE to attend and will be located in The Architect’s Experience Learning Center inside the Exhibit Hall. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and space is limited.