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Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

Ed Mazria’s keynote from AIA Chicago now on video

 
July 29th, 2014 by Susan Smith

Ed Mazria, Founder and CEO of Architecture 2030, delivered the keynote address at the AIA National Convention in Chicago in June 2014, and now you can watch the video titled Design! Life Depends on It, of that presentation.

The short video lays out the blueprint for a carbon-free and just built environment by 2050, reviews the progress made in the building sector since issuing the 2030 Challenge in 2006, and outlines the critical role architects and designers must play in securing a livable future.

Of the top AEC firms, Mazria said 20% of them have adopted the targets for 2030 carbon neutrality. President Obama announced an Executive Order to have all new buildings get to net zero carbon by 2020. California, the eighth largest economy in the world, has a mandate to reach net zero carbon by the year 2020.

Districts across the country are moving in that direction. Firms are beginning to specify the need for products that meet the 2030 criteria.

Two weeks before the conference, Mazria said they issued Roadmap 2050 in Europe:

a)    country targets

b)    action items

  1. new buildings
  2. existing buildings

How do we get to carbon neutral?

1)    Design and planning

  1. Sustainable
  2. Adaptable

What will get you 70-80% there:

2)    Renewables

a) 20-30% sun, hydropower, biomass, geothermal and wind energy

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