Every Building a Living Building: Tapping into Biology to Grow the Next Generation of High-Performing Buildings

03/08/2018 - 13:30 to 15:00
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

The $9 trillion-a-year global construction industry is responsible for nearly 60% of climate change emissions, a third of landfill waste, and a shocking array of negative health effects. This session maps out the rationale for a paradigm shift in the way you approach your practice and think about materials. We’ll discuss a specific example of a pioneering new way to (literally) grow buildings by fusing synthetic biology, genomics, parametric modeling and 3D printing to create a material that allows us to move from a PETRO-chemical world, to a BIO-chemical one. Together, we’ll acknowledge the challenges and complexities facing project teams pursuing net zero / zero carbon projects, and how to identify the risks amplified over and above a conventional development.

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