July 16, 2020 11:00 am PDT

To deal with increasing impacts from anthropomorphic climate change, the building industry must rapidly revolutionize standard practices for building design, construction and operation. This webinar featured four industry professionals with diverse perspectives who are leading efforts in decarbonization of commercial buildings, from cradle to grave. They presented advanced carbon and life-cycle tools such as Tally and EC3, and also case studies including mass timber construction for new and retrofit projects. This webinar was co-sponsored by CBE, SmithGroup, the Carbon Leadership Forum and PG&E, and was free and open to the public.

The full recording of the event, including Q&A, is available at: https://vimeo.com/442593382. Use the links below to view slide presentations and videos for each speaker.

Speakers and Presentations

  • Emily-Dawson

    Emily Dawson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

    Partner, Kaiser + Path

    Presentation: The Economics of Low-Carbon Structures

    Emily designed the first cross-laminated timber structure built in Oregon, and has been investigating and implementing mass timber solutions ever since. A 2015 travel research fellowship to study mass timber applications in Europe brought her interest in modularity and off-site fabrication into focus. As an architect and partner at Kaiser + Path, Emily works exclusively with mass timber projects from feasibility through construction, driven by a commitment to transform the way we build.

  • Billie-Faircloth

    Billie Faircloth, AIA

    Partner, KieranTimberlake

    Presentation: Rapid Decarbonization Throughout the Building Lifecycle

    Billie Faircloth is a practicing architect, educator, and partner at KieranTimberlake, where she leads transdisciplinary research, design, and problem-solving processes across fields including environmental management, urban ecology, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. Billie has published and lectured internationally on themes including research methods for a trans-disciplinary and trans-scalar design practices. Her book Plastics Now, On Architecture’s Relationship to a Continuously Emerging Material, was published by Routledge in June 2015.

  • Stet-Sanborn

    Stet Sanborn, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP

    Principal and Engineering Group Lead, SmithGroup

    Presentation: Total Carbon: A Roadmap to Deep Carbon Reductions

    An award-winning designer with a background in both engineering and architecture, Stet focuses on the integration of high performance building enclosures with advanced building systems. He is a leading voice in statewide decarbonization efforts, net-zero energy design and research into transformational technology allowing for grid optimization and electrification. He has recently been supporting the City of Berkeley’s natural gas ban ordinance community outreach workshops, and currently serves on the San Francisco Mayor’s taskforce on decarbonization.

  • Natalie-Wheating

    Natalie Wheating, LEED AP, WELL AP

    Assistant Sustainability Manager, Webcor

    Presentation: The Contractor’s Role in Reducing Upfront Embodied Carbon

    Natalie manages sustainability initiatives for internal practices and project delivery at Webcor Builders. Her scope of work includes LEED, WELL, GBI and CALGreen project oversight and policy implementation, assisting in business development opportunities and improving Webcor’s corporate social responsibility. She is passionate about synergizing the built environment with the natural world while improving both resource use efficiency and human well-being.

    Featured image: At DPR’s new Sacramento office, cross-laminated timber reduced the embodied carbon footprint by an estimated 170 metric tons. Led by SmithGroup, the project is targeting net-positive energy, LEED Platinum and WELL certifications. Photo by Chad Davies.


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