Keynote Session – Historic Buildings and the Race to Net-Zero Carbon at the APT-National Trust for Canada Joint Conference 2017 – Capitalizing on Heritage (11-14, 2017). http://heritageconference2017.com/ Presenters: Edward Mazria ( Founder & CEO, Architecture 2030), Carl Elefante (2018 President-Elect, American Institute of Architects), and The Honourable Catherine McKenna (Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Canada)
The COP 21 Paris Agreement brings virtually all nations into common cause to combat climate change, with targets to achieve Zero Net Carbon in the building sector by 2050.
For Carl Elefante, the internationally recognized preservation architect behind that famous and oft-quoted phrase, “the greenest building is one that’s already built,” these global carbon reduction targets will have a massive impact upon all aspects of the building and conservation sectors, and have heightened the relevance of preservation architecture to a level that can no longer be ignored.
Founder of Architecture 2030, Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect and thinker whose work on the sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions of the built environment has helped redefine the role of architecture in mitigating climate change. He brings the perspective of contemporary design and construction industries which have been geared primarily to new construction, but are now awakening to the importance of sustainably rehabilitating existing buildings.
Historic preservation professionals have the knowledge and skills to lead the sustainable rehabilitation of all existing buildings. Will historic buildings be exemplars or get left behind? Join us for a compelling conversation between these global thought-leaders, grappling with the elephant in the room, as we move to the new Low-Carbon Economy.
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National Trust for Canada / Fiducie nationale du Canada