Resources for Carbon Smart Building Day

To Net Zero Carbon and Beyond: Framing the Challenge

Plenary: Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment: Strategy, Tactics, Tools, and Partnerships
Resource Description Organization

Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment

Challenges companies, cities, states and regions to reach Net Zero operating emissions in their portfolios by 2030, and to advocate for all buildings to be Net Zero in operation by 2050. WGBC
Zero Code National and international building energy standard for new building construction that integrates cost-effective energy efficiency standards with on-site and/or off-site renewable energy resulting in zero-net-carbon buildings. Architecture 2030
Carbon Smart Building Manifesto Building a global movement for a net zero carbon built environment -- a call to action. Carbon Smart Buildings
Global Roadmap: Towards Low-GHG and Resilient Buildings The main overarching goals, steps and agenda that the building sector as a whole could share, creating the framework of a common vision for low GHG and resilient global real estate pathways Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction
Building Innovation: A Guide For High-Performance Energy Efficient Buildings In India Recommended innovations- tools, technologies and practices- for achieving smart, green, and energy efficient buildings in India. Uses a universal triple bottom line framework with case studies, to empower stakeholders along the building life-cycle for partnering and delivering on a shared set of values and metrics for high-performance buildings.  Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab)

 

Reducing Embodied Carbon Emissions While Storing Carbon

Session: Best Practices and Tools For Quantifying the Carbon Footprint of Every Project
Resource Description Organization Target Audience
The New Carbon Architecture

"The New Carbon Architecture is a paradigm-shifting tour of the innovations in architecture and construction that are making this happen. Office towers built from advanced wood products; affordable, low-carbon concrete alternatives; plastic cleaned from the oceans and turned into building blocks. We can even grow insulation from mycelium."

Ecological Building Network Architecture Engineering & Construction (AEC) professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
LCA Practice Guide

"This Practice Guide introduces the use of life cycle assessment (LCA) to analyze the environmental impacts of buildings. The intent of this Practice Guide is to help building professionals understand why and how to use LCA in their work. It addresses basic questions such as:
• How do buildings impact the environment?
• What is LCA and how is it used to evaluate buildings?
• What is the process of performing an LCA of a building?"

Carbon Leadership Forum AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Embodied and whole life carbon assessment for architects

"This paper introduces architects to carbon assessment in the built environment and its application through the RIBA work stages. It makes the case for architects’ role in reducing carbon emissions to mitigate climate change, explains the key concepts of embodied and whole life carbon and recommends the use of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) methodology for undertaking detailed carbon assessments (RICS Whole life carbon assessment for the built environment professional statement 2017)."

Target Audience(s): AEC professionals

RIBA AEC professionals
Targeting Zero: Embodied and Whole Life Carbon Explained

"Embodied and Whole Life Carbon will change the way buildings are designed, yet carbon emissions associated with the construction and life of buildings are not yet wholly understood by the profession. Energy is assumed to be the province of services engineers, yet energy from materials is as big an issue. Architects have the opportunity to take the lead in redefining how buildings are designed to achieve a low carbon future.

This book is an accessible and friendly read, introducing and explaining many of the concepts around Embodied and Whole Life Carbon, using case studies taken from in-depth research. It will demonstrate how architects can become central to the carbon resource impacts of the buildings they design and how low carbon approaches should drive innovation."

RIBA AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Carbon Smart Material Palette

"Attribute-based design and specification guidance aimed at reducing the embodied carbon impacts of the built environment."

Arch 2030 AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
 
Session: True Carbon Neutral Development: Measuring and Reducing the Impact of Construction Materials and Processes
Resource Description Organization Target Audience
The New Carbon Architecture "The New Carbon Architecture is a paradigm-shifting tour of the innovations in architecture and construction that are making this happen. Office towers built from advanced wood products; affordable, low-carbon concrete alternatives; plastic cleaned from the oceans and turned into building blocks. We can even grow insulation from mycelium." Ecological Building Network Architecture Engineering & Construction (AEC) professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
LCA Practice Guide "This Practice Guide introduces the use of life cycle assessment (LCA) to analyze the environmental impacts of buildings. The intent of this Practice Guide is to help building professionals understand why and how to use LCA in their work. It addresses basic questions such as:
• How do buildings impact the environment?
• What is LCA and how is it used to evaluate buildings?
• What is the process of performing an LCA of a building?"
Carbon Leadership Forum AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Embodied Carbon: Developing a Client Brief

"The purpose of this guide is to set out clear and practical guidance to enable built environment clients to begin requesting embodied carbon measurements. This includes understanding the outcomes from an assessment and how to start acting on the results.

The guidance explains:
• some of the basics of embodied carbon
• gives an overview of some suggested approaches
• provides example clauses to propel embodied carbon requirements down the supply chain and
• gives practical tips on how to use the outcomes of an assessment.
• The guidance is appropriate for any capital investment intervention in the built environment such as new build, refurbishment or renewal whether in buildings, infrastructure or other built assets."

UK Green Building Council Owners/Developers
Targeting Zero: Embodied and Whole Life Carbon Explained

"Embodied and Whole Life Carbon will change the way buildings are designed, yet carbon emissions associated with the construction and life of buildings are not yet wholly understood by the profession. Energy is assumed to be the province of services engineers, yet energy from materials is as big an issue. Architects have the opportunity to take the lead in redefining how buildings are designed to achieve a low carbon future.

This book is an accessible and friendly read, introducing and explaining many of the concepts around Embodied and Whole Life Carbon, using case studies taken from in-depth research. It will demonstrate how architects can become central to the carbon resource impacts of the buildings they design and how low carbon approaches should drive innovation."

RIBA AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Carbon Smart Material Palette

"Attribute-based design and specification guidance aimed at reducing the embodied carbon impacts of the built environment."

Arch 2030 AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
 
Session: Embodied Carbon Policies in Practice: Recent Innovations
Resource Description Organization Target Audience
The New Carbon Architecture "The New Carbon Architecture is a paradigm-shifting tour of the innovations in architecture and construction that are making this happen. Office towers built from advanced wood products; affordable, low-carbon concrete alternatives; plastic cleaned from the oceans and turned into building blocks. We can even grow insulation from mycelium." Ecological Building Network Architecture Engineering & Construction (AEC) professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
LCA Practice Guide "This Practice Guide introduces the use of life cycle assessment (LCA) to analyze the environmental impacts of buildings. The intent of this Practice Guide is to help building professionals understand why and how to use LCA in their work. It addresses basic questions such as:
• How do buildings impact the environment?
• What is LCA and how is it used to evaluate buildings?
• What is the process of performing an LCA of a building?"
Carbon Leadership Forum AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Embodied Carbon of Buildings and Infrastructure - International Policy Review

Review of international policies and programs that are intended to reduce embodied GHG emissions of buildings and infrastructure projects over their life cycle. Jurisdictions reviewed: Belgium, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Forestry Innovation Investment, Ltd. Policy makers
Targeting Zero: Embodied and Whole Life Carbon Explained

"Embodied and Whole Life Carbon will change the way buildings are designed, yet carbon emissions associated with the construction and life of buildings are not yet wholly understood by the profession. Energy is assumed to be the province of services engineers, yet energy from materials is as big an issue. Architects have the opportunity to take the lead in redefining how buildings are designed to achieve a low carbon future.

This book is an accessible and friendly read, introducing and explaining many of the concepts around Embodied and Whole Life Carbon, using case studies taken from in-depth research. It will demonstrate how architects can become central to the carbon resource impacts of the buildings they design and how low carbon approaches should drive innovation."

RIBA AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Carbon Smart Material Palette "Attribute-based design and specification guidance aimed at reducing the embodied carbon impacts of the built environment." Arch 2030 AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers

 

Retrofitting Existing Buildings for High Efficiency

Session: Best Practices for Delivering Deep Energy & Carbon Reduction Upgrades
Resource Description Organization Target Audience
The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse "This groundbreaking study, The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, concludes that, when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction.

The report’s key findings offer policy-makers, building owners, developers, architects and engineers compelling evidence of the merits of reusing existing buildings as opposed to tearing them down and building new."
Preservation Green Lab Architecture Engineering & Construction (AEC) professionals, Owners/Developers
Achieving Zero

Achieving Zero is a framework of integrated polices and standards for national and sub-national governments (state, provincial and municipal) to phase out CO2 emissions in the built environment by about 2050.

Architecture 2030 AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Retrofits Resource Collection

"The Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), part of the Global Efficiency Accelerator Platform under the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Initiative, is a multi-stakeholder network made up of over 30 businesses and organizations that work with local and sub-national governments in order to increase the uptake of energy efficiency policies and programs in the building sector. 

The BEA connects the expertise of its wide partner network to its subnational stakeholders. With this purpose, the BEA has compiled resources to assist subnational jurisdictions in prioritizing and implementing building efficiency actions. This page contains the growing collection of resources related to Retrofits."

Building Efficiency Accelerator AEC professionals, Owners/Developers
 
Session: Tapping the Climate and Profit Opportunity in Deep Energy Efficiency Upgrades 
Resource Description Organization Target Audience
The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse

"This groundbreaking study, The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, concludes that, when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction.

The report’s key findings offer policy-makers, building owners, developers, architects and engineers compelling evidence of the merits of reusing existing buildings as opposed to tearing them down and building new."

Preservation Green Lab Architecture Engineering & Construction (AEC) professionals, Owners/Developers
Achieving Zero Achieving Zero is a framework of integrated polices and standards for national and sub-national governments (state, provincial and municipal) to phase out CO2 emissions in the built environment by about 2050. Architecture 2030 AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Retrofits Resource Collection

"The Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA), part of the Global Efficiency Accelerator Platform under the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) Initiative, is a multi-stakeholder network made up of over 30 businesses and organizations that work with local and sub-national governments in order to increase the uptake of energy efficiency policies and programs in the building sector. 

The BEA connects the expertise of its wide partner network to its subnational stakeholders. With this purpose, the BEA has compiled resources to assist subnational jurisdictions in prioritizing and implementing building efficiency actions. This page contains the growing collection of resources related to Retrofits."

Building Efficiency Accelerator AEC professionals, Owners/Developers
Portfolio Energy Optimization "Portfolio Energy Optimization is creating a disruptive and scalable approach to commercial building retrofits that have been left behind by the traditional retrofit approach, driving deep financial and energy savings in this critical sector." Rocky Mountain Institute Owners/Developers
 
Session: Overcoming the Barriers to Building Energy Efficiency Retrofits at Scale
Resource Description Organization Target Audience
Primer: Circular Economy in the Built Environment

"Authored by StopWaste and Arup, this primer provides an overview of a circular economy framework for the built environment at the community, neighborhood and building scales. The ideas and concepts included here are intended to stimulate local government decision-makers and staff in Alameda County and beyond to consider policies and actions in their jurisdictions. It illustrates concepts with real-world examples of sites and policies. The document is intended to initiate conversation and action among public policymakers, public agency staff and other partners."

StopWaste Policy makers
Achieving Zero Achieving Zero is a framework of integrated polices and standards for national and sub-national governments (state, provincial and municipal) to phase out CO2 emissions in the built environment by about 2050. Architecture 2030 AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Accelerating Building Efficiency: Eight Actions for Urban Leaders Summary version of the Accelerating Building Efficiency full report. Developed in partnership with Johnson Controls, the report offers practical advice for city leaders, including eight clear and specific recommendations to unlock building efficiency. It presents a politically smart, common-sense approach that will help usher in a new era of better buildings suited for the 21st century. World Resources Institute Policy makers
Policies for Better Buildings: Cost-Effective Ways Cities Can Cut Carbon, Slash Costs, and Create Jobs "Cities are setting goals on a pathway to zero or near-zero carbon, but they must address their biggest source of carbon emissions—existing buildings—using thoughtful policies to swiftly and cost-effectively deploy energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy systems.
Packaging multiple policy elements together can unlock substantial carbon emissions reductions while driving job creation, increasing tax revenue, and developing new markets for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Understanding baseline energy consumption and evaluating policies using a citywide model are critical to understanding the efficacy and potential impact of a policy targeting existing buildings."
Rocky Mountain Institute Policy makers

 

Creating Highly Efficient New Buildings

Session: Building to Accelerate the Transition to a Clean Energy Grid
Resource Description Organization Target Audience
Achieving Zero Achieving Zero is a framework of integrated polices and standards for national and sub-national governments (state, provincial and municipal) to phase out CO2 emissions in the built environment by about 2050. Architecture 2030 Architecture Engineering & Construction (AEC) professionals, Owners/Developers
Zero Energy Building

"NBI has been leading the market development of zero energy (ZE) buildings since 2008 when we supported the development of the first ZNE Action Plan to help California meet its ambitious zero energy goals. Since then, we have been tracking the counts and location of zero energy verified and emerging projects across the United States and Canada. ZE buildings are ultra-low energy buildings that consume only as much power as is generated onsite through renewable energy resources over the course of a year. Verified projects have been reviewed by NBI or another third-party as having achieved ZE performance. Emerging projects are those that have a stated ZE goal, but have not yet been verified with 12 months of energy use and generation data."

New Buildings Institute (NBI) AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Zero Energy Resource Hub

"POLICY RESOURCES
In this section you will find leading examples of policies and goals of states and local jurisdictions (strategic plans, energy plans, and climate action plans), programs working toward zero energy, and state and local jurisdiction energy codes and stretch codes.

TECHNICAL RESOURCES
This section includes resources on feasibility studies of zero energy on district, state, and national levels; cost studies which address the challenge of zero energy construction within a budget; means of financing a zero energy project and incentive programs to support this; and technologies which drive zero energy design.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
This section addresses the many definitions of and new vocabulary associated with zero energy; it offers tools available for use by various stakeholders in a zero energy project; and it links to webinars presented by industry experts eager to share their knowledge of zero energy.

ZERO ENERGY SCHOOLS RESOURCES
This section highlights state policies and national programs working toward zero energy schools; districts pursuing zero energy and the strategies they use to achieve this target; feasibility studies, assessment strategies, and other technical looks at zero energy school design; and case studies of successful zero energy school buildings."

Getting to Zero National Forum AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Building Our New Energy Future

"Since electric lights first appeared in buildings, the electrical grid and buildings have had an important relationship. To date, that relationship has largely been one-sided—the grid provides electricity, and buildings are passive consumers. However, new technologies and efforts to reduce energy costs and the environmental impacts of electricity generated from fossil fuel are rapidly transforming how buildings interact with the electrical grid. Additional drivers in this transformation include technological advancements and falling prices in renewable energy technology, batteries, sensors and controls, remote access technologies, and building management systems.This document is intended to explain the issues and terminology, as well as the challenges and opportunities, associated with changes underway in the electricity sector that affect buildings professionals."

ASHRAE AEC professionals, Policy makers
 
Session: Net Zero Carbon Buildings Are Better Buildings: Raising the Bar on Building Performance
Resource Description Organization Target Audience
Achieving Zero Achieving Zero is a framework of integrated polices and standards for national and sub-national governments (state, provincial and municipal) to phase out CO2 emissions in the built environment by about 2050. Architecture 2030 Architecture Engineering & Construction (AEC) professionals, Owners/Developers
Zero Energy Building "NBI has been leading the market development of zero energy (ZE) buildings since 2008 when we supported the development of the first ZNE Action Plan to help California meet its ambitious zero energy goals. Since then, we have been tracking the counts and location of zero energy verified and emerging projects across the United States and Canada. ZE buildings are ultra-low energy buildings that consume only as much power as is generated onsite through renewable energy resources over the course of a year. Verified projects have been reviewed by NBI or another third-party as having achieved ZE performance. Emerging projects are those that have a stated ZE goal, but have not yet been verified with 12 months of energy use and generation data." New Buildings Institute (NBI) AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Zero Energy Resource Hub "POLICY RESOURCES
In this section you will find leading examples of policies and goals of states and local jurisdictions (strategic plans, energy plans, and climate action plans), programs working toward zero energy, and state and local jurisdiction energy codes and stretch codes.

TECHNICAL RESOURCES
This section includes resources on feasibility studies of zero energy on district, state, and national levels; cost studies which address the challenge of zero energy construction within a budget; means of financing a zero energy project and incentive programs to support this; and technologies which drive zero energy design.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
This section addresses the many definitions of and new vocabulary associated with zero energy; it offers tools available for use by various stakeholders in a zero energy project; and it links to webinars presented by industry experts eager to share their knowledge of zero energy.

ZERO ENERGY SCHOOLS RESOURCES
This section highlights state policies and national programs working toward zero energy schools; districts pursuing zero energy and the strategies they use to achieve this target; feasibility studies, assessment strategies, and other technical looks at zero energy school design; and case studies of successful zero energy school buildings."
Getting to Zero National Forum AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Best Practices for Leasing NZE Buildings

"An actionable guide explaining the business case and process for developers and landlords to pursue net-zero energy (NZE) leased buildings."

Rocky Mountain Institute Owners/Developers
 
Session: Accelerating Large-Scale Decarbonization of the Built Environment: Policy Trends 
Resource Description Organization Target Audience
Achieving Zero

Achieving Zero is a framework of integrated polices and standards for national and sub-national governments (state, provincial and municipal) to phase out CO2 emissions in the built environment by about 2050.

Architecture 2030 AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Moving Energy Codes Forward: A Guide for Cities and States

"Moving Energy Codes Forward: A Guide for Cities and States provides critical steps to achieve significant code improvements through the adoption of stretch codes and provides a practical framework for implementing advanced codes and outcome policies. It offers guidance, resources and examples of advanced code adoption based on New Buildings Institute's stretch code development and adoption experience working with states and communities."

New Buildings Institute (NBI) Policy makers
Zero Energy Resource Hub "POLICY RESOURCES
In this section you will find leading examples of policies and goals of states and local jurisdictions (strategic plans, energy plans, and climate action plans), programs working toward zero energy, and state and local jurisdiction energy codes and stretch codes.

TECHNICAL RESOURCES
This section includes resources on feasibility studies of zero energy on district, state, and national levels; cost studies which address the challenge of zero energy construction within a budget; means of financing a zero energy project and incentive programs to support this; and technologies which drive zero energy design.

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
This section addresses the many definitions of and new vocabulary associated with zero energy; it offers tools available for use by various stakeholders in a zero energy project; and it links to webinars presented by industry experts eager to share their knowledge of zero energy.

ZERO ENERGY SCHOOLS RESOURCES
This section highlights state policies and national programs working toward zero energy schools; districts pursuing zero energy and the strategies they use to achieve this target; feasibility studies, assessment strategies, and other technical looks at zero energy school design; and case studies of successful zero energy school buildings."
Getting to Zero National Forum AEC professionals, Owners/Developers, Policy makers
Building Our New Energy Future "Since electric lights first appeared in buildings, the electrical grid and buildings have had an important relationship. To date, that relationship has largely been one-sided—the grid provides electricity, and buildings are passive consumers. However, new technologies and efforts to reduce energy costs and the environmental impacts of electricity generated from fossil fuel are rapidly transforming how buildings interact with the electrical grid. Additional drivers in this transformation include technological advancements and falling prices in renewable energy technology, batteries, sensors and controls, remote access technologies, and building management systems.This document is intended to explain the issues and terminology, as well as the challenges and opportunities, associated with changes underway in the electricity sector that affect buildings professionals." ASHRAE AEC professionals, Policy makers

 

Net Zero Carbon Buildings for Net Positive Carbon Lifeforms

Plenary: Health and Equity in the Built Environment
Resource Description Organization

Social Equity in the Built Environment

This learning pathway provides the resources to incorporate more inclusive and equitable practices into the design, construction, and operation of your project, and identify opportunities to leverage LEED and GBCI systems to extend the benefits of green building to all. USGBC
Bounce Forward: Urban Resilience in the Era of Cllimate Change In an era rocked by clImate change and other large-scale dIsruptIons, our citIes must be resIlIent in order to survive and thrive. But what does that mean, exactly? What is known about urban resilience, and what remains to be explored? And how can we put thinking into practice to create the resilient cities of the future? Survey of the existing literature on resilience and reached out to a diverse group of organizers, researchers, planners, and other urban change agents.  Kresge Foundation
Emerald Cities Collaborative Research and Reports Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a national nonprofit network of organizations working together to advance a sustainable environment while creating high-road -- sustainable, just and inclusive -- economies with opportunities for all. ECC develops energy, green infrastructure and other sustainable development projects that not only contribute to the resilience of our metropolitan regions but also ensure an equity stake for low-income communities of color in the green economy. Emerald Cities Collaborative
Green for All Research and Reports Green For All s a project of DreamCorps, working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty, with a goal of making sure people of color and working families have a place and a voice in the climate movement, that our neighborhoods are strong, resilient, and healthy, and that as the clean energy economy grows, it brings jobs and opportunity to our communities. DreamCorps
Living Product Challenge

Using the Living Product Challenge framework, you can create Living Products that are healthy and free of toxins, socially responsible and respects the rights of workers, and net positive and benefit both people and the environment.

International Living Futures Institute