The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) will welcome a keynote address from the founder of Architecture 2030 Edward Mazria at their Fall Membership Virtual Meeting on Monday, Oct. 19. Mazria, an architect, educator, and author will share his research on how buildings can be designed and built to reduce carbon emissions including energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights.
NFRC is the nation’s leading authority on energy-performance ratings for fenestration products that include windows, doors, and skylights. At the 2020 Fall Membership Virtual Meeting from Oct. 19 to 21, attendees will discuss proposed changes in the industry, updates to NFRC’s energy-performance ratings, and aspects of fenestration that affect the comfort and energy use in homes and offices nationwide.
During his address, Mazria will discuss embodied carbon in buildings and life cycle assessments to reduce the environmental impact of buildings. Unlike operational carbon emissions, which can be reduced over time with building energy efficiency renovations and the use of renewable energy, embodied carbon emissions are locked in place as soon as a building is built.
Under Mazria’s leadership, Architecture 2030 has become a prominent think tank working to transform the global built environment from being the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate crisis. Over the past decade, his research into the sustainability, resilience, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions of the built environment has redefined the role of architecture, planning, design, and building, in reshaping the world.
In 2014, Mazria presented the Roadmap to Zero Emissions at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change calling for zero emissions in the built environment by 2050; he also drafted the 2050 Imperative, endorsed by professional organizations representing over 1.3 million architects in 124 countries worldwide.