Seeder - the path to better buildings

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My presentation at IDEO's monthly event called Comms Love.

About me, my path to China, why buildings are the biggest addressable problem that China faces and how http://Seeder.cc is solving this.

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Seeder - the path to better buildings

  1. 1. The Path to Better Buildings Alex Shoer Co-founder of Seeder.ccFriday, April 5, 13
  2. 2. Who Is This Guy? I’m a Value focused traveler, • 8:00pm: March 16th, 1987 born entrepreneur & collaborative in Atlanta, GA, U.S.A lifestyle enthusiast • average American childhood • dreamt of making lots of money in banking but realized what matters (meaning vs. money) • founded two companies focused on environmental solutions • addicted to new experiences and new cultures • traveled to 45 countries Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania 2009Friday, April 5, 13
  3. 3. What I’m Talkin’ About • Intro & My path • Why China? • Needed Change • My SolutionFriday, April 5, 13
  4. 4. The Turning Point • Originally focused on micro-financeFriday, April 5, 13
  5. 5. The Turning Point • Frustrated after working in South Africa, Tanzania and PeruFriday, April 5, 13
  6. 6. The Turning Point • The environment often causes poverty in the first place • It is a bigger factor holding individuals backFriday, April 5, 13
  7. 7. The Environment • The only thing that affects all economic classes in a community • The biggest factor influencing our healthFriday, April 5, 13
  8. 8. Why I Chose China? • The largest wealth gap in the worldFriday, April 5, 13
  9. 9. Why I Chose China? • Government is funding environmental solutionsFriday, April 5, 13
  10. 10. Why I Chose China? • Chinese people are Entrepreneurs by nature • China offers huge opportunities unavailable in other countriesFriday, April 5, 13
  11. 11. Why I Chose China? • Things change fast • The path which China takes, the rest of the world will followFriday, April 5, 13
  12. 12. Why China is the Place to be. • Global VisibilityFriday, April 5, 13
  13. 13. Why China is the Place to be. • Constant Technology DemandFriday, April 5, 13
  14. 14. Why China is the Place to be. • Urgency for improvement and culture of rapid prototypingFriday, April 5, 13
  15. 15. Why China is the Place to be. • The number of young, educated people with access to technology and resourcesFriday, April 5, 13
  16. 16. What Needs to Change • Almost everything in China is unsustainable • Energy usage • Development • Food consumptionFriday, April 5, 13
  17. 17. What Needs to Change • These are the correlating problems: • #1 Coal • #2 Buildings • #3 PlasticFriday, April 5, 13
  18. 18. What Needs to Change Global Resource Consumption of Green Buildings Can Reduce: Buildings: 40% Energy Water Solid Use Use 30% Waste 24-50% 20% 40% Steel & Potable Cement Water Energy 70%Friday, April 5, 13
  19. 19. Buildings • China is building another 113 Manhattan Islands over the next 15 years • 5 million buildings with 40 billion meters square of floor spaceFriday, April 5, 13
  20. 20. Buildings • 90% of our life is spent indoors • Our habitat effects us tremendously • Communities are driven by the spaces they occupyFriday, April 5, 13
  21. 21. Buildings • Poor design is the root of all problems. • Redesigning the way that we live • Redesigning the way that we construct our surroundings • Redesigning our interactionsFriday, April 5, 13
  22. 22. Buildings • Improving buildings can have the biggest environmental impact in the shortest amount of timeFriday, April 5, 13
  23. 23. My Solution A network to access green building services We are lowering the barriers to access and implement sustainable solutions and helping projects access credible service providers.Friday, April 5, 13
  24. 24. My Solution Green buildings require new expertise from a wide range of specialists Green Building Projects Seeder Members Building owners, Service providers create a developers and managers profile, verify credentials Projects desiring Green screen the most relevant and get connected to Building Certification: solutions projectsFriday, April 5, 13
  25. 25. My Solution • Service providers join Seeder to showcase expertise and build credibility • Seeder fits between the design and the implementation. • We are aiming to be the interface through which better buildings are builtFriday, April 5, 13
  26. 26. My Solution “If you learn how to ask the right questions you can learn how to change the world” “If we can dream it we can build” -Frank GehryFriday, April 5, 13
  27. 27. Thanks! “We can no longer sacrifice the environment for the sake of rapid development and rash construction.” - Premier Wen Jiabao see more about me: www.about.me/alex.shoer email me at Alex@seeder.cc Request an account at www.Seeder.ccFriday, April 5, 13

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