At the Global Climate Action Summit in September 2018, governments from around the region, state, and world issued commitments to carbon neutrality by 2050 or earlier. What implications does this have for the built environment, existing energy efficiency goals, and local building codes? The final BayREN forum of 2018 examined the definition of “zero net carbon,” (ZNC) as well as how local governments can set policies for efficiency in energy and material use to achieve a ZNC built environment. The forum covered growing considerations in efficient design, energy use, and retrofits, enabling cities to go beyond incremental energy savings to achieve bold carbon neutrality targets. It introduced concepts of lifecycle carbon emissions from both operational and embodied energy usage, the importance of addressing materials in order to achieve the immediate emission reductions that are necessary, and local government policy tools.
- Welcome and Introductions | Jeffery Liang, BayREN Representative, StopWaste (Alameda County)
- Panel Session | Moderator: Miya Kitahara, Program Manager, StopWaste
- Defining Zero Net Carbon | Larry Strain, Siegel & Strain Architects
- Lifecycle Carbon for New Construction| Bruce King, Ecological Building Network
- Energy Efficiency Upgrades with Carbon in Mind| Nick Dirr, Association for Energy Affordability
- Empire State Building Case Study and Panel Questions
- BAAQMD Grant: Reducing Embodied Carbon in the Built Environment | Alice Zanmiller, BayREN Representative, County of Marin