Conference Program

The Carbon Smart Building Conference Program will inspire and equip leading architects, structural engineers, contractors, developers, materials manufacturers and policy makers to scale up the building industry’s collective commitment to reduce the carbon emissions footprint of the built environment now, and eventually store carbon at massive scale in the built environment.  Attendees will leave committed to lead the decarbonization of the built environment, and equipped with the latest tools, resources and programs to help their firms thrive in a zero net carbon future.

8:00-9:00am Breakfast, networking and exhibits
9:00-9:30am

General Session
To Net Zero Carbon and Beyond: Framing the Challenge

Today, the built environment is the biggest contributor to the Global Warming problem. It must become a critical part of the solution. This session will define a comprehensive strategy and framework for collaboration to phase-out carbon emissions and make the built environment a carbon sink.

9:30-10:30am

General Session
You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure: Best Practices, Tools, and Policies for Measuring the Carbon Footprint of Every Project

Measuring the carbon footprint of every project during design, build and operations is a pre-requisite for reducing it. This session will describe the recent developments in tools and best practices for Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment and Net Zero Carbon Certification.

10:30-11:00am Break, networking and exhibits
11:00am-12:00pm Breakout Session Rotation 1
 

The New Carbon Architecture: Treating Carbon as a Precious Resource

Innovations in design and materials are making carbon storage in the built environment a huge opportunity for global good.  We must strive to minimize embodied carbon emissions in project design and product development.  This session will showcase the latest low-carbon and carbon-storing innovations and describe how to make them standard practice.

Tapping the Climate and Profit Opportunity in Deep Energy Efficiency Retrofits

Retrofitting buildings to improve their Energy Efficiency saves businesses and households money now while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  And improves occupant comfort and health.  And grows industry revenues and living wage jobs.  Why aren’t we doing more of it?  How can we scale up the investment we’re making in deep energy efficiency retrofits?  This session will explain how we can leverage recent innovations in technology, policy, and financing that are ready to scale, and describe the business development potential of the energy efficiency resource.

Net Zero Carbon Buildings Are Better Buildings: ZNC Design and Build Best Practices

Buildings that emit no emissions in materials, construction processes and operations are no-regrets buildings – and necessary to ensure a stable climate for future generations.  They are affordable, efficient, and healthy.  By optimizing efor the local grid, they can help accelerate the transition to a clean energy future.  This session will describe the tools, technologies, and practices that exist today and how to apply them to make all projects emit zero carbon (net) going forward.

Scaling up Building Decarbonization Incentives: Policy Trends

Progressive state and local governments and companies have implemented a wide array of policies to decarbonize their investments and operations.  Internal carbon pricing.  Low-carbon procurement standards. Zero codes.  POS upgrade requirements. Commercial benchmarking.  Residential disclosure.  Pioneers of these policy innovations have learned from these experiences and are moving forward with wider and deeper application.   This session will educate attendees about what is coming and how to prepare for a low-carbon future.

12:00-1:00pm Lunch, networking and exhibits
1:00-2:00pm Breakout Session Rotation 2
  The New Carbon Architecture: Treating Carbon as a Precious Resource Tapping the Climate and Profit Opportunity in Deep Energy Efficiency Retrofits Net Zero Carbon Buildings Are Better Buildings: ZNC Design and Build Best Practices Scaling up Building Decarbonization Incentives: Policy Trends
2:00-2:30pm Break, networking and exhibits
2:30-3:30pm Breakout Session Rotation 3
  The New Carbon Architecture: Treating Carbon as a Precious Resource Tapping the Climate and Profit Opportunity in Deep Energy Efficiency Retrofits Net Zero Carbon Buildings Are Better Buildings: ZNC Design and Build Best Practices Scaling up Building Decarbonization Incentives: Policy Trends
3:30-4:00pm Break, networking and exhibits
4:00-5:00pm General Session
 

How Much Does Your Building Weigh? Evaluating Health, Community and Equity Impacts

Buildings have profound impacts on quality of life for building occupants, surrounding communities, and the global climate.  How can we think about and incorporate these impacts into our projects to maximize the triple bottom line?  In this session we’ll describe approaches to make maximization of social, environmental and economic benefits standard operating procedure.

Further, Faster, Together: Innovations in Collaboration

We’re not yet on track to avert catastrophic climate change.  And we’re running out of time to change at the scale needed to ensure a stable climate for future generations.  We need to aim higher, do more, and figure out how to work together more effectively.  This session will showcase innovations in collaboration that we must adopt to scale up our impact.

Be the Change You Want to See: Scaling Up Our Commitments

We have the knowledge and tools to make the built environment a part of the solution to Global Warming.  Now we need to use them in our daily practice to drive toward the vision of a Zero Net Carbon built environment.  In this session we’ll define the personal commitments we’ll make to realize that vision and share those commitments through a virtual commitment wall.

5:00-7:00pm Reception with hors d'oeuvres and no-host bar