Net Zero Law in Washington State: Implications for Design and Construction

In this lecture I discuss the current state of the climate crisis, Washington state’s new net zero law – the Climate Commitment Act – and the implications of complying with this law for design and construction.

Spoiler: Decarbonizing will have significant impacts on energy availability, materials and construction methods, and approaches to addressing the climate impacts that are already occurring. This will require designers and constructors to rethink much of what was learned and applied during the 20th century.

This lecture occurred on January 30, 2023, as part of the Washington State School of Design and Construction series in conjunction with the US Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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