Friday, May 4th AT 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Local Greenhouse Gases: A Bold New Approach to Tracking Sustainability

Oregon Convention Center: Room 204
Track: Net Zero Energy

Today’s environment demands a bold leap in measuring a building’s total environmental impact. This session will present the bold idea that our next leap in sustainable design is to incorporate not just energy usage but also greenhouse gas emissions into the discussion of sustainable buildings. By including those emissions, we are able to form a more accurate methodology of measuring the net impact of a building, offering a more truthful way of assessing our built environments. 

The session will include case studies and examples for the audience to discuss, offering thought-provoking questions to attract participation and interest. Through surprising facts and lessons learned, the presentation will challenge the way industry experts are accustomed to looking at emissions versus energy performance. The audience will be invited to join in on calculations to help demonstrate how the tool works. Participants will leave knowing how to calculate a building’s potential greenhouse gas emissions, with the goal being that the calculations will help them design buildings that actually achieve net zero emissions, helping demonstrate a path toward net positive.


Karina Hershberg
Electrical Engineer
David Mead
Building Performance Specialist