Taking it to Zero: Lowering the Carbon Footprint of Architecture
Green or sustainable architecture has been on the agenda for almost two decades at this point. Where early buildings were attempting to "live more lightly on the earth" and were attempting to lower energy use and use materials more conservatively, this is now deemed insufficient. Issues of global warming now demand that the focus of sustainable design turn strongly towards the severe minimization of our energy use. Buildings in developed countries account for at least 40% of energy use. This is due to our use of fossil fuels to heat, cool and light our buildings. If we also account for urban planning and consider the transportation required by dispersed communities, this can easily add another 27% to the environmental cost.
This presentation will look more closely at the details that are being used in contemporary green buildings to lower their carbon footprints.
Speaker: Terri Boake, School of Architecture,
University of Waterloo
Tuesday, November 17 from 7 to 8 p.m.
North York Central Library Auditorium
Please register for this free program by calling (416) 395-5639.