Modeling Lifetime Carbon: Operations + Embodied + Transportation – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review


Editorial, “This presentation gave us some insight into how to describe and quantify embodied carbon, especially for transportation. It’s frighting what is predicted to happen by 2050. Location, location, location is so important but the doubling of population by 2050 compounds the problem. None of the 2020 Greenbuild presentations addressed the population boom. This unspoken reality seems to ignore population …


Navigating the Zero Energy and Carbon Landscape – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review


Editorial, “With all this talk about zero-carbon and its comprehensive effect on everything about building conception, construction, operation, maintenance and deconstruction; we wondered about what this is going to look like when we apply the same science to housewares, consumables, food, transportation and clothing. Inexpensive appliances from China will be frowned upon. Understanding the amount of micro plastics in paper …


Cutting Carbon: Strategies for a Zero Carbon Future – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review

ChuckLohreArchives, Greenbuild

Editorial, “This presentation confirms our three step strategy to understand our project’s needs and timeline. We’re volunteering to help the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in downtown Cincinnati to achieve LEED Certification. First we implemented the U.S. Green Building Council’s ARC building carbon footprint measuring system. Second we are assembling the complete energy history of the building from its construction in …


Local Energy and Carbon Mandates for Existing Buildings – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review


Our editorial, “These large cities are committed to carbon neutrality by 2050. It might be too late to save many species on earth but better sooner than later. The municipal buildings lead the way, larger private building are targeted next and finally smaller private buildings. Non-compliance fees will fund resources offered to achieve improvements like PACE does. Policy making is a difficult …


Simplifying Deep Building Retrofits with Integrated Systems – 2020 Greenbuild Session Review

ChuckLohreAptera, Greenbuild

Our editorial review, “This presentation reviewed the typical efforts to save energy in commercial buildings. The Contemporary Arts Center we are volunteering to help with, doesn’t fit into a landlord and building resale life cycle. We did learn about the incentives California utilities provide, we’ll be reviewing these with Duke Energy. There were some pilot programs that the CAC may …


All-electric Buildings for an Equitable Low Carbon Future – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review


Our editorial review, “This session had some very good solutions to eliminating fossil gas from a 100,000 sf building. At the Contemporary Arts Center project of 86,500 sf, we can’t build the building differently  but there are a lot of mechanical solutions for the Midwest’s cold weather and four season conditions. We’ll be following up with John Andary and thank …

Embodied Carbon in Materials - Data Visualization & Cost

Embodied Carbon in Materials – Data Visualization & Cost – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review


Greenbuild 2020 session review: We’re glad clients are now asking if their carbon footprint will be lower if they don’t tear down the old building but renovate it. In early 2019, Gensler San Diego began working closely with Interface in combination with the materialsCAN effort to develop an embodied carbon case study. This initiative focused on reducing embodied carbon on …

Building Science Fight Club

Huber Presents: Airtight, Done Right: Simple and Efficient Solutions – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review


Our editorial: Air sealing is a major way to improve the HVAC performance for existing buildings. Just a minor adjustment can have huge effects. We’ll be looking at ways we can improve the air sealing of the Contemporary Arts Center’s glass and concrete construction. From the session outline: “Since the 1990s, residential buildings have shown dramatic and consistent improvement in …