AIA Minnesota will be hosting its 87th Annual Minnesota Conference on Architecture virtually this year. Attendees will choose from 70+ events scheduled over four days. Each day will feature programming from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and will include events and breaks to tour the virtual exhibit hall. Prominent keynote speakers and experts from across the country will join us to share their knowledge on the issues impacting your practice today. You can download a complete registration booklet for more information.
High Performance Embodied Carbon: Leveraging Data to Define Targets
November 10 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm CST | Mead & Hunt National Sustainability Practice Leader Kevin Flynn, AIA, LEED FELLOW will be moderating this panel discussion.
Summary: To solve the climate crisis, we must radically reduce carbon emissions. Embodied carbon will be responsible for at least half of AEC carbon emissions between now and 2050. There has been a rapid acceleration in awareness, research, tools, and projects addressing this topic. Yet do we know what “good” embodied carbon targets are? This session will present the latest data on embodied carbon and unpack what it reveals about developing appropriate targets, highlighting crucial next steps for robust target development, and outlining immediate and impactful reductions while target development continues. Presenters will share perspectives as a designer, tool developer, and Zero-Carbon certifier. Participants will engage in a collective discussion of leveraging actionable information to positively impact embodied carbon in their next project.
About Kevin Flynn, AIA, LEED FELLOW
Kevin is a driven servant leader and systems thinker who works and thinks broadly while considering the future impact of design decisions and the connections between disparate systems and ideas while working across building types, roles, and methods according to need. Kevin engages clients, owners, developers, A/E professionals, and contractors of all stripes and sizes to achieve goals and can discover and connect opportunities to find solutions that are environmentally responsible, economically sound and socially fair. Kevin believes we must transform the way buildings and places are conceived, created, constructed, and operated. Mitigating the impact our buildings and practices have on our only home is no longer enough. We need to do better. Let’s design like it matters — because it does. Kevin is a thought leader in sustainability and has written many blogs on the topic, including The Importance of Lowering Embodied Carbon in Buildings and the The Value of Integrative Design.
Additional Panel Members:
Efrie Escott, AIA, LFA LEED AP BD&C – Kieran Timberlake
Haley Gardner, EIT, LFA – Living Futures
Erin McDade, Assoc. AIA – Architecture 2030