Session 401 - Moving Beyond "Sustainable": Architecture Seizing Its Biggest Lever - Timothy Lock
IAQ & Energy 2019 Conference, Session 401: How will the building on your boards perform 50 years from now? To meet the demands of a future carbon neutral built environment proposed by the Paris Accord and the AIA 2030 Commitment architect’s must consider sustainability parameters beyond energy modeling, but rather consider the building as part of a living human ecology. Beyond energy, health, habitat and life cycle carbon analysis now make up a matrix that moves building design and construction beyond sustainability. In conjunction with full EUI modeling, performance assessment can be laborious and is often left to consultants to assess; sometimes too late to realize synthesized solutions. Existing certifications either prioritize energy performance in building operation, or carbon neutrality in building construction, without considering the additive effects of the building’s lifespan. This session will seek to propose essential, but simple, metrics, which can by assessed early in design by the architect to achieve carbon neutrality and beyond over the lifespan of the building. Attendees will acquire a deeper understanding of real-world impact of material and design choices over the lifespan (and death) of a structure and walk away with key tools to take to any project.