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%. 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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05 Damin Tarlow: Environmental Impact of Buildings

  1. 1. Suck or Blow? It’s really a matter of energy presented by: Damin Tarlow
  2. 2. Buildings Suck ENERGY ELECTRICITY 76% 48% 27% 25% 23% 1% gs gs in in d d uil uil b b
  3. 3. How do they suck?
  4. 4. What blows more? cars cows buildings the inland empire
  5. 5. Can we do anything about it?
  6. 6. So...what do we do? Build assets Not liabilities two-way infrastructure
  7. 7. Who pays for the infrastructure? We need buildings that DON’T SuCk from the infrastructure
  8. 8. How Do We Figure This Out? enlightened celebutantes enlightened rich old guys
  9. 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. 10. It takes the kind of people that live in PORTLAND!
  11. 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. 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. 13. In PDX we already are... Most, per capita LEED buildings, in the Nation... we are 1/2 way there
  14. 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. 15. NET ZERO = The Living Building nothing is something
  16. 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. 17. We have developed $5 Billion worth We have more LEED buildings than employees
  18. 18. HOW DO WE BLOW ENERGY INTO THIS? • Engage public partners VOTE • Advance Technology INVENT • Make Choices LIVE • WORK • PLAY
  19. 19. So my question is this: Do we need to: Ignite PDX on this issue? Or Is PDX already on FIRE???
  20. 20. PDX Fuel the fire... GO OUT AND BLOW! -Damin Tarlow Gerding Edlen Development Co. damin.tarlow@gerdingedlen.com