Worldwide concern for changes in the global climate has escalated as scientific evidence has become more definitive, linking increased concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs) with global warming. The standard metric used to quantify different types of GHGs having different global warming potentials is the “carbon dioxide equivalent,” the term for the common metric using both to evaluate performance and to document global agreements. As jurisdictions across the planet confront climate change, a useful way to describe methods that reduce GHGs is to refer to them as “decarbonization” practices or policies. With buildings responsible for about 40% of global energy-related CO2 emissions, policies are being developed that focus on the decarbonization of buildings. Many jurisdictions are requiring new buildings to be low carbon or net-zero energy in the near term and other policies are requiring retrofits of the existing building stock in the medium to long term to decarbonize. Some policies also advance building electrification when coupled with a renewable electricity source or other low-carbon technologies, which are possible tools to help decarbonize buildings. These decarbonization efforts will require large public sector and private sector investments while at the same time creating jobs and business opportunities in the HVAC&R, construction materials, and design sectors. ASHRAE has been involved with the promotion and measurement of energy efficiency in buildings for decades. Recognizing that operational carbon emissions are a function of energy conversion and consumption and that energy conservation alone cannot adequately address the emissions reductions necessary to slow climate change, ASHRAE is advancing strategies toward direct reduction of carbon emissions in the built environment.
Building decarbonization is essential to combat climate change, one of the most formidable environmental challenges ever faced by society. ASHRAE has a leadership role in improving the built environment. We are evolving our focus to better address building decarbonization, both to improve building performance and to inform public policy. In pursuit of these goals, ASHRAE will continue to develop tools and resources to advance innovation in the decarbonization of buildings through research, technology transfer, standards writing, publishing, certification, and continuing education.
This presentation will explain about ASHRAE Building Decarbonization initiative and why we are doing it and show some of the details of our work. It will focus on the engineering challenges and show some examples of good practices and what kind of things we need to be doing to reach net-zero across the built environment. It will include costs and benefits and drivers such as possible legislation. COP 26 impacts upon all of this, and it will make mention of what we as engineers are planning for COP26.
About the speaker
Frank Mills has spent the past 40 years applying best practice engineering to develop innovative and leading-edge solutions to new and existing building projects ranging from individual buildings to multiple, neighborhood, and city-wide developments. He is now Principal of Frank Mills Consulting Ltd and provides high-level strategic design advice, technical reports, and expert witness to clients including hospitals, government bodies, developers, and building owners. He has been an ASHRAE member since 1971 and has been active on technical and standards committees and on Councils. Frank is currently Chair of CIBSE Preston Centre, Vice-Chair of CIBSE North West Region, and a member of CIBSE Council. He is a Member of the UK Department of Health Engineering Knowledge Group, Past Chair of CIBSE Healthcare Group, and a distinguished lecturer in ASHRAE. He is chair of the Construction Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
|Event Date||29-09-2021 6:00 pm|
|Event End Date||28-09-2021 7:00 pm|