Plenary, Part I - Beyond Energy: The Concealed Environmental Impact of Buildings and Residents

03/08/2017 - 08:30 to 10:00
8:30 am to 10:00 am

When it comes to environmental impacts of buildings, operational energy (and to some degree, carbon) attracts the most attention. This is likely because buildings currently account for one third of the world’s energy use, and this figure is projected to double by 2050 – presenting both a huge challenge and a great opportunity to improve the sustainability of the built environment. While the industry's main focus on operational energy can be justified, it is important not to neglect the other environmental impacts of buildings and residents, including water, toxicity, smog, acidification, eutrophication. This presentation will give a visual overview of the wider environmental impacts of buildings on residents. Dr. Craig Jones will reveal big picture impacts and show how your own local consumption can have unexpected impacts – even on the other side of the world.

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