The Building Decarbonization Coalition recently released a road map designed to help Californians stop their buildings from spewing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The road map charts a course toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions through highly-efficient systems and appliances powered by electricity instead of fueled by natural gas, which emits carbon into the atmosphere.
There is a huge economy tied to climate change, and government officials, academics, engineers and contractors all are part of it, says Jesse Keenan, a social scientist on the faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and JFK School of Government in Science, Technology and Public Policy.
Tall-buildings experts, who are past chairs of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, are calling for more CTBUH research and development, better tools and greater building team collaboration to make high-rises more sustainable.
There is growing consensus within the energy community that net-zero technologies to help keep global temperatures from rising above the 1.5° C to 2° C target established in the 2015 Paris Agreement will be insufficient in achieving that goal, according to former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
Mayors of 94 cities across the globe—members of C40 Cities—announced their support for a Global Green New Deal to “drive an urgent fundamental and irreversible transfer of global resources away from fossil fuels and into action that averts the climate emergency.”
The 172-acre island in New York Harbor is “poised for growth as a laboratory for research, education and public engagement [on] the critical issue of climate adaptation,” according to Trust for Governors Island President and CEO Clare Newman.
The rising frequency of extreme weather events has created new demands to build or adapt buildings to deliver superior performance over a widening range of conditions. This webinar will discuss how to prepare for the next extreme weather event by transitioning to more resilient building materials, systems and designs, and by ensuring critical systems maintain functionality when disaster strikes.
A joint venture of Skanska, Corman Kokosing Construction Co. and McLean Contracting Co. is moving toward an early 2020 construction start for a $463-million replacement for a 79-year-old bridge across the Potomac River, south of Washington, D.C.