Facade Effects: Building Zero Carbon from Cascadia to Piedmont

A sustainable future will require net zero carbon buildings and urban habitat. Important new zero carbon benchmarks are being established by emerging and established programs, including USGBC LEED Zero, ILFI Zero Carbon Certification, CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative and other local and international initiatives. Elevating the focus from energy to carbon reveals critical new considerations and metrics for building performance that will change design and delivery practices. This session will demonstrate how to achieve net zero carbon in both design and operations across climate zones, from marine to hot and humid, using real-world examples. Session speakers will address how zero carbon performance goals impact facade design and what it means for envelope design to be truly integrated with mechanical design.


David Mead

Senior Associate, PAE Engineers

Margaret Sprug, AIA

Principal, Miller Hull

Jim Hanford, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Principal, Miller Hull

Christopher Meek, AIA, IES

Associate Professor and Director, University of Washington Department of Architecture