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Recording of the Pratt Housing Consortium's Decarbonization Symposium

  • 1.  Recording of the Pratt Housing Consortium's Decarbonization Symposium

    Posted 06-27-2022 03:11 PM
    A recording of the Pratt Housing Consortium's Decarbonization Symposium is now available on YouTube

    Part 1 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H0npkoQO48
    Welcome Remarks:
    1. Frances Bronet, Pratt Institute President
    2. David Burney, Pratt School of Architecture Housing Consortium

    Part 1 Topics:
    a) The urgency of reducing Embodied Carbon in the 2020s - Why and How.
    b) Bio-Materials for New & Existing Structure: Sustainable Forestry, Mass Timber Construction, Cross-laminate Timber (CLT).
    c) Building Envelope Low-Carbon Retrofits.

    Moderators:
    1. Meta Brunzema, Architect, Collective for Community Culture & Environment, LLC, and Professor, Pratt Institute
    2. Fatou Jabbie, Sustainability Consultant, NYC Accelerator, Mayor's Office of Climate and Environmental Justice

    Panelists Presenting in Part 1:
    1. Bill Caplan, Author of "Thwart Climate Change Now: Reducing Embodied Carbon Brick by Brick"
    2. Paul L. Crovella, Environmental Engineer, SUNY, Environmental Science and Forestry
    3. Gabrielle Brainard, Principle of Fabric First Architecture & Consulting, PLLC, and Professor at Pratt Institute

    Part 2 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H0npkoQO48
    Part 2 Topics:
    a) Mass Timber and Building Codes in NYC
    b) Mass Timber Design of Grace Farms in CT
    c) Q&A Panel Discussions

    Panelists Presenting in Part 2:
    1. Werner Morath, Architect, Loading5
    2. Jay Gorman, Project Executive, F.J. Sciame Construction

    Q&A Panel Discussion:
    1. Bill Caplan, Author of "Thwart Climate Change Now: Reducing Embodied Carbon Brick by Brick"
    2. Paul L. Crovella, Environmental Engineer, SUNY, Environmental Science and Forestry
    3. Gabrielle Brainard, Principle of Fabric First Architecture & Consulting, PLLC, and Professor at Pratt Institute
    4. Werner Morath, Architect, Loading5
    5. Jay Gorman, Project Executive, F.J. Sciame Construction

    Moderators:
    1. Meta Brunzema, Architect, Collective for Community Culture & Environment, LLC, and Professor, Pratt Institute
    2. Fatou Jabbie, Sustainability Consultant, NYC Accelerator, Mayor's Office of Climate and Environmental Justice

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    Bill Caplan, Associate. AIA
    Author of "Thwart Climate Change Now: Reducing Embodied Carbon Brick by Brick"
    Environmental Law Institute ELI Press, November 2021
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