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05 Damin Tarlow: Environmental Impact of Buildings

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Everyone pays attention to cars, power plants, etc., but few are talking about our largest environmental impact: buildings. Buildings use 76% of our total electricity vs. transportation which uses 1%. …

Everyone pays attention to cars, power plants, etc., but few are talking about our largest environmental impact: buildings. Buildings use 76% of our total electricity vs. transportation which uses 1%. Buildings are the largest energy consumer of any type and have the highest CO2 emissions. LEED standards are moving us in the right direction, but they are still not a Net Zero impact. What's more, we could make buildings that actually *restore* the environment.

In my talk I'll share the evolution of building sustainability, our current environmental impact, and share what is possible for the future.

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  • 1. Suck or Blow? It’s really a matter of energy presented by: Damin Tarlow
  • 2. Buildings Suck ENERGY ELECTRICITY 76% 48% 27% 25% 23% 1% gs gs in in d d uil uil b b
  • 3. How do they suck?
  • 4. What blows more? cars cows buildings the inland empire
  • 5. Can we do anything about it?
  • 6. So...what do we do? Build assets Not liabilities two-way infrastructure
  • 7. Who pays for the infrastructure? We need buildings that DON’T SuCk from the infrastructure
  • 8. How Do We Figure This Out? enlightened celebutantes enlightened rich old guys
  • 9. What Does it take? An enlightened cultural shift Imagine urbanize Think Interact Worry Diversify Make places Get Cultured utilize technology Emerge Educate Be Conscious Be Progressive Influence
  • 10. It takes the kind of people that live in PORTLAND!
  • 11. Portland is PROGRESSIVE! • First modern streetcar system • Most per capita hybrids • Most bicycle commuters • First car sharing program • First bottle bill Best Place to live VOTED America’s greenest city Top recycling city Cleanest city
  • 12. Portland is YOuNG, HIP & EDuCATED Top Destination for cultural creatives 175,000 students in 26 universities w/in 110 miles QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  • 13. In PDX we already are... Most, per capita LEED buildings, in the Nation... we are 1/2 way there
  • 14. Ok so now what? It took a paradigm shift for Babylonians to develop the concept of ZERO The Greek philosophers fought this how can nothing be something?
  • 15. NET ZERO = The Living Building nothing is something
  • 16. We need to: Make buildings that produce more energy than they consume... And consume more waste than they produce. YES. IT’S POSSIBLE!
  • 17. We have developed $5 Billion worth We have more LEED buildings than employees
  • 18. HOW DO WE BLOW ENERGY INTO THIS? • Engage public partners VOTE • Advance Technology INVENT • Make Choices LIVE • WORK • PLAY
  • 19. So my question is this: Do we need to: Ignite PDX on this issue? Or Is PDX already on FIRE???
  • 20. PDX Fuel the fire... GO OUT AND BLOW! -Damin Tarlow Gerding Edlen Development Co. damin.tarlow@gerdingedlen.com