San Francisco + San José + Oakland

So You Want to Decarbonize a Building?


5M Project - Minna Street, San Francisco

In the United States, approximately 35% of the nation’s 2019 carbon footprint was a result of energy use in buildings (and almost 50% when including embodied carbon). This number is even higher in densely populated public transportation-reliant regions like the Bay Area. Therefore, decarbonizing buildings themselves can play a massive role in drawing down the region’s emissions and bringing cities closer to their emissions goals. However, decarbonizing most buildings isn’t as simple as just turning off the gas. Luckily, the newly released Building Decarbonization Practice Guide from the William J. Worthen Foundation provides a handbook from which to start. Across its eight volumes, the guide provides clarity for the building design and construction community to advance building electrification and embodied carbon reduction across multi-family and commercial buildings, hotels and more. Hear from the guide’s authors and learn how you can have a role in redesigning the built environment to be part of a zero net carbon future.

+ Steve Guttman / Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
+ Katie Ackerly / David Baker Architects
+ Rachel Golden / RMI

This program is co-presented by the William J. Worthen Foundation, AIA California, and the Building Decarbonization Coalition.

This program is generously sponsored by:

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