Decarbonization for Dummies
As climate change impacts building construction and operation become paramount, building designers, architects, and engineers need to take immediate action. This course will provide design professionals with information about the key issues of decarbonizing the building sector. It will outline some specific steps to be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.
- Define what “decarbonizing” a building means, including explaining key terms such as “embodied carbon”, and “net zero carbon”.
- Use key approaches in building design, material selection and specification to reduce the embodied carbon in the building envelope and structure.
- Employ beneficial electrification to reduce buildings’ operational carbon dioxide emissions.
- Design to meet building performance standards as more local jurisdictions adopt these practices to meet community greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.
Sponsored by: Kimley Horn
Founded in 1967, Kimley-Horn is a full-service, employee-owned, multidisciplinary consulting firm offering a broad range of engineering, planning, landscape architecture, and environmental services to clients in both the public and private sectors. With more than 7,000 employees in 100 offices across the United States and in Puerto Rico, Kimley-Horn is a national leader in sustainable development and provides innovative, implementable solutions. For more information: https://www.kimley-horn.com/
Al LaPeraCxA, EMP, LEED AP, Kimley Horn
With 42 years of professional experience, Al has worked on a broad range of building types, including educational, healthcare, and commercial facilities. He is well versed in the design and analysis of HVAC systems and providing engineering services, including planning, analysis and construction observation from project inception through construction administration. His engineering expertise focuses on systems commissioning, energy analysis and energy auditing.