“Being less bad is not being good; it’s being bad by definition, just less so.” – William McDonough, FAIA
As we rapidly approach the 30th anniversary of the Hannover Principles, the call for buildings and the greater built environment to be good instead of less bad is more urgent than ever as weather-based natural disasters have doubled, arctic sea ice hits all-time lows, and the demand for urban buildings grows. As architects and educators, we should be continually asking ourselves if current architectural practices and tools are enough to radically reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere associated with buildings. If not, what research is needed to shift the practice of architecture to restore and regenerate the earth’s systems that we have so critically impacted. Simply put, what more could we be doing? What knowledge, skills and tools do we need to develop and what are the best ways to do so?
As the first in a dedicated series of AIA/ACSA Intersections Conferences, we will examine the role research plays in advancing architectural practice and education around the topic of carbon. In particular, this conference will examine how research – broadly defined – is currently driving architectural design and the built environment. Participants will share how research is generated in practice, at universities and in partnerships with business, industry and government. We will explore how to better align incentives and resources to generate practice-relevant and impactful research.
For this conference, there will be two main tracks focused on short-term and long-term strategies for managing carbon while acknowledging most if not all strategies will have consequences in the short and long-term:
Topics included under SHORT-TERM CARBON MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES include but are not limited to:
- building materials and construction
- adaptive reuse and deep energy retrofits
- embodied carbon accounting and life cycle analysis
- commissioning, post-occupancy evaluations and the role of building occupants
Topics included under LONG-TERM CARBON MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES include but are not limited to:
- climate responsive design in a time of shifting and unreliable climates
- transition to electricity-based systems, on-site renewables and preparing for a decarbonized electrical grid
- how to best reduce fossil fuel-based energy use through design
- reliability and utility of energy modeling, predicted Energy Use Intensity (pEUI), and energy benchmarking
Across both of the tracks, we invite all submissions to address one or more of the following measures from the AIA Framework for Design Excellence including: Design for Energy, Design for Economy and Design for Equitable Communities. View the online AIA Framework for Design Excellence.