Materials and Chemistry: New Horizons in Green Building

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Materials and Chemistry: New Horizons. What's the future for the chemical industry in green building? Jerry's talk to a meeting sponsored by BASF in San Francisco, November 2012.

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Materials and Chemistry: New Horizons in Green Building

  1. 1. New Horizons in Sustainability Materials and Chemistry Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED Fellow Yudelson Associates
  2. 2. Where Are We Today? • Green building growing rapidly, especially in existing buildings • Building design improving gradually • BUT A long way to go • Focus shifting away from energy & location to what’s inside
  3. 3. • Building performance • Architecture 2030 & Net-Zero Energy • Greening existing Buildings • Resilient design • Sustainable Cities Trends & Issues
  4. 4. Trends & Issues • Convergence: IT & buildings with energy • Indoor air quality • Materials & chemistry • Healthy building materials – EPDs, HPDs • Healthy homes
  5. 5. Building Performance
  6. 6. Building Performance
  7. 7. Zero Net Zero Energy Now!
  8. 8. Retro-Greening Intercontinental Hotel San Francisco, LEED-EB Gold
  9. 9. Resilient Design
  10. 10. Beyond Greening: Sustainability Huge convergence underway with sustainability, IT & information cloud connecting with energy, buildings & transportation systems
  11. 11. Sustainable Cities Masdar City, Abu Dhabi (future)
  12. 12. Sustainable Cities Los Angeles (today)
  13. 13. We Need To Move Quickly!
  14. 14. EcoDistricts — Future of Sustainable Cities Sustainable Cities: Issue Is Scale
  15. 15. Materials & Chemistry
  16. 16. Materials & Chemistry Green Chemistry Is Not New!
  17. 17. Carbon Nanotubes Materials & Chemistry
  18. 18. Materials & Chemistry
  19. 19. Biomimicry
  20. 20. Biomimicry
  21. 21. Indoor Environmental Quality Healthy Buildings: Next Frontier
  22. 22. EPDs/HPDs Up Next In US 2015 Europe: all building materials need EPDs Product Transparency Label
  23. 23. Healthy Buildings Red List vs. Reality
  24. 24. Bottom Line: Transparency
  25. 25. Bottom Line: Transparency Page11of21 InterfaceAmericas ModularCarpetonGlasBac® Nylon6Styles AccordingtoISO14025 Theprimaryenergycanbefurtherseparatedintorenewableandnon-renewableresourcesasshowninFigure8. Figure8.Primaryenergyofalllifecyclestagesseparatedintononrenewableandrenewableresourcesbysourcetypeforamediumyarnweight product(712gram/squaremeteryarnweight) Non-renewablePrimaryenergyby resources Unit TotalLife Cycle Production Installation Use* Endof Life Totalnonrenewableprimaryenergy MJ 144.54 130.49 2.96 6.28 4.83 Crudeoil MJ 51.98 47.64 2.41 0.58 1.34 Hardcoal MJ 27.72 24.50 0.08 2.82 0.34 Lignite MJ 1.72 1.41 0.01 0.04 0.26 Naturalgas MJ 46.88 42.30 0.41 1.48 2.68 Uranium MJ 16.25 14.65 0.04 1.35 0.20 Renewableprimaryenergyby resources Unit TotalLife Cycle Production Installation Use* Endof Life Totalrenewableprimaryenergy MJ 3.00 2.48 0.03 0.28 0.21 Hydropower MJ 1.77 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Wind/WavePower MJ 0.86 0.70 0.00 0.12 0.05 SolarEnergy/Biomass/Renewable Fuels MJ 0.30 0.16 0.02 0.00 0.12 Geothermal MJ 0.07 0.07 0.00 0.00 0.00 * servicelifeof1year
  26. 26. Home Sweet Home: IAQ & Health
  27. 27. • Interiors: health and LCA-related decisions • Exteriors: lifetime carbon emissions • Overriding concern: sustainability • As a result, by 2020, most of the building products industry sells today will be either reformulated or become obsolete! Sum It All Up. . .
  28. 28. Chemistry: The Enabler
  29. 29. THANK YOU!

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