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BBD 2020

Keynote Address - Carbon Drawdown Now: Turning Buildings into Carbon Sinks

The information below is from the 2020 Conference which has passed. A preliminary schedule of events for the 2021 Conference will be posted in the fall.

With our Better Buildings by Design 2020 theme, “Affordable Energy,” in mind, we are pleased to announce this year’s keynote session, presented by Chris Magwood of the Endeavour Centre in Peterborough, Ontario, and Jacob Racusin and Ace McArleton of New Frameworks in Burlington, Vermont. They will kick off the conference February 5, 2020, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Hotel in South Burlington, Vermont.

Carbon Drawdown Now: Turning Buildings into Carbon Sinks will illuminate how buildings have the potential to become the world’s sixth carbon sink, rather than a leading emitter, and show clearly how building professionals’ work is essential for climate justice and social equity. In line with the conference theme, the presenters will look at the value and cost of decarbonizing our buildings, and the relationships between energy, materials, and climate.

The presentation will examine the theory of embodied carbon emissions and carbon storage in materials, how “energy” relates to “carbon,” the wide range of carbon-storing materials available now and those in the R&D phase, and the global potential for carbon storage in the built environment. A section on cost analysis and the decision-making process will spotlight real-world case studies of buildings that heavily incorporate carbon-storing materials, and show how climate-friendly solutions need not increase project costs. Strategies will be identified for both residential and non-residential projects, throughout different parts of the design and construction process, using different tools. During the keynote, the presenters will show how we can advance climate justice through the development of the built environment, and how our industry can partner with allied industries in agriculture and forestry to find solutions to social, ecological, and economic problems.

Participants will leave this keynote feeling reinvigorated in their work, eager to connect our community of practitioners with the wider network of change makers, and fired up to transform our built environment and our world.

About the Presenters:

photo of Chris Magwood Chris Magwood is the executive director of the Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Ontario. In 1998 he co-founded Camel’s Back Construction, and as a contractor, designed and built more than 30 homes and commercial buildings, mostly with straw bales and often with renewable energy systems. Chris has authored seven books on sustainable building, and is currently working on an MA at Trent University, studying the carbon storage potential of the built environment.

photo of Ace McArleton Ace McArleton founded New Frameworks Natural Design/Build in 2006 to offer green remodeling and new construction services blending natural building materials and methods with high-performance design. Ace instructs in the Natural Building Certificate Program at the Yestermorrow School, is co-author of The Natural Building Companion (Chelsea Green, 2012), and led his business’s conversion to a worker cooperative in 2016. Ace is passionate about finding practical, regional solutions for building healthy, just communities.

photo of Jacob Racusin Jacob Deva Racusin is co-owner of New Frameworks, offering design, construction, consultation, and education services featuring low-impact high-performance building technologies. He is also program director of the certificate program in building science and net zero design at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School, and is a BPI-certified contractor. Jacob is the author of the books Essential Building Science and The Natural Building Companion.

Agenda

Wednesday, Feb. 5

All Day The Efficiency Excellence Network: One-on-One Social Media Consulting (open to EEN members only; advance registration required)
7:00am Exhibit Hall opens for registration and breakfast
8:30 – 10:00 Opening Session
  - Welcome
- Efficiency Vermont Awards
- Keynote Address: Carbon Drawdown Now: Turning Buildings into Carbon Sinks
10:00 – 10:20 Refreshment break in Exhibit Hall
10:20 – 11:50 Workshops
10:30 – 11:30 Bosch Inverted Ducted Split System Heat Pumps
11:50 – 1:20 Lunch
12:15 – 1:00 The Efficiency Excellence Network: An Overview of Benefits and Requirements
1:20 – 2:50 Workshops
1:30 – 2:30 Drain Water Heat Recovery Technology and Application Review with Case Studies
2:50 – 3:15 Refreshment break in Exhibit Hall
3:15 – 4:45 Workshops
3:30 – 4:30 Innovations in Water Heating
4:00 – 7:00 Exhibit Hall open to public
4:45 – 7:00 Evening reception – all welcome to attend 

Thursday, Feb. 6

All Day The Efficiency Excellence Network: One-on-One Social Media Consulting (open to EEN members only; advance registration required)
7:30am Exhibit Hall opens for registration and breakfast
9:00 – 10:30 Workshops
9:30 – 10:30 Submitting Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Projects through the Online Rebate Center
10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment break in Exhibit Hall
11:00 – 12:30pm Workshops
11:00 – 12:00pm Best Practices for ZIP System and ZIP System R Sheathing Installation
12:30 – 1:45 Lunch
12:45 – 1:30 The Efficiency Excellence Network: An Overview of Benefits and Requirements
1:30 – 3:30 Exhibit Hall open to public
1:45 – 3:15 Workshops
2:00 – 3:00 Refrigeration Refresher and Heatcraft Controls
3:15 – 3:30 Refreshment break in Exhibit Hall
3:30 Exhibit Hall closes
3:30 – 5:00 Workshops
5:00pm Conference Adjourns

Attend the workshops to earn continuing education credits.. Credit approval is listed after each session description.

Printable final program (PDF)

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