Homes, schools and commercial buildings account for 40 percent of the energy used across the country.

Architect Ed Mazria, a global expert on zero-energy buildings, will share his methods for changing the way buildings are designed, built and operated at a one-day symposium.

Six other experts in building energy will also speak at the event, called Buildings for a Sustainable Future. It is presented by CLEER, CORE and Garfield Clean Energy.

The symposium is on Friday, May 18, in Carbondale. For details and to register, visit Clean Energy Economy DOT Net.

Ed Mazria, global leader in green architecture, headlines May 18 symposium

Event aims to accelerate energy innovations in built environment

Edward Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030 and international speaker on designing zero-energy buildings and communities, is the keynote speaker for a symposium on May 18 in Carbondale.

“Building(s) for a Sustainable Future” is presented by CLEER, CORE and Garfield Clean Energy. The symposium is aimed at accelerating energy innovations in the building sector.

Mazria will discuss the opportunities the built environment presents for tackling global concerns about energy, resources and resilience, and explain some of the tools available to transform the way buildings are designed, built and operated. 

The symposium is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at the Third Street Center, 520 S. Third St., in Carbondale. Early bird tickets, available through Friday, May 11, are $45 and include lunch.

In his keynote, Mazria will share the 2030 Challenge, which calls for all new buildings, developments and major renovations to be carbon-neutral by 2030. It’s been adopted by the American Institute of Architects and most of the top 20 architectural firms in the country.

He will also discuss his latest initiative, Achieving Zero, a roadmap for completely phasing out carbon emissions from the building sector by 2050.

Building(s) for a Sustainable Future is intended to spark bold solutions that can help meet clean energy and greenhouse gas emissions targets set by the state of Colorado and communities. Some local communities have committed to carbon neutrality by 2050. Since buildings account for more than 40 percent of energy use in the U.S., reducing energy consumption in this sector is essential for reaching these goals.

Other speakers at the symposium include:
Rebecca Foster, energy efficiency programs expert with the Vermont Energy Investment Corp.
Eric Harrington, builder of high-performance homes
Nikki Maline, U.S. Department of Energy-certified Home Energy Score Rater
Josie Plaut, associate director for the Institute for the Built Environment at Colorado State University
Shanti Pless, senior research engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Kelly Vaughn, buildings program marketing director for Rocky Mountain Institute

The symposium will feature interactive, hands-on sessions for architects, builders, designers, real estate professionals, lenders, representatives of local and state agencies, and community leaders.

Discussions will focus on designing a local net-zero district, enhancing efficiency programs for existing buildings, and strengthening policies and standards that support community clean energy targets.