Working Session: Built Environment—Enhancing Building Performance for People and the Environment (Option 1 of 4)

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Executive Director, Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Carnegie Mellon University
Project Drawdown Senior Fellow
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Research Fellow, Project Drawdown
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Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Associate Professor of Architectural Engineering, Penn State
Innovation Talk Presenters
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Vice President of Strategy & Innovation, Green Building Alliance
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Associate Director of Engagement, International Living Future Institute
Online Moderator
Note Taker
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Drawdown Scholar, Penn State

Humanity’s need for comfortable indoor surroundings has led to buildings that provide us heat or cooling and light on demand regardless of the time of day, local climate or building design. These create massive energy and emissions demands that could be drastically reduced with better technology and better design. Better design is a long term approach with more limited applicability to the existing building stock.  In the near term, there are a variety of better technologies that can more appropriately respond to buildings’ local environments and their occupants’ needs. Grouping these technologies into the building envelope, building systems and building appliances allows for estimates of the applicability and potential of each solution, as well as their interactions with other technologies. With roughly 40% of global emissions associated with buildings, rapid adoption of both better technology and better design are needed to provide human comfort for a drawdown world.

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Built Environment