Continuing Education for Architects & LEED Professionals
Build to Net Zero:
The Why and The How
On March 20, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reminded us that the use of fossil fuels over the last century has contributed to the global warming of 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels and that we must hold global warming to under 1.5°C.
An increase in global warming brings stronger and more numerous weather events. We witnessed this a few days ago with that monstrous tornado in Mississippi that killed 25 people. This devastating and unusual tornado destroyed everything in its path of almost 60 miles.
The IPCC report emphasized the urgency to cut Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in half by 2030. Considering that buildings contribute 40% of GHG emissions, architects, engineers, designers, builders, contractors, and project owners have the responsibility to set net-zero goals for future new builds and renovations.
Of that 40%, building operations account for 27% of those annual emissions, and building materials account for the remaining 13% (think embodied carbon).
The message is not new. We know why we need to reduce carbon emissions. Do we know how? The report stated that “there are multiple, feasible and effective options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to human-caused climate change, and they are available now.”
Over the past year, we at ATS have assembled a team of experts to help with the how. This team has developed a series of five courses to help the architect build to net zero: The Architect’s Roadmap to Net Zero. This full-day program will be held on April 20, available live online throughout North America.
The topics include:
1.   What it means to be net zero.
2.   How building codes are changing to support carbon reduction.
3.   Reducing the energy needs of the building.
4.   Producing the energy needed to operate the building.
5.   The importance of materials selection.
During the last hour, the team of experts will assemble to answer your questions.
Want to learn how to build to net zero? Register for the April 20 event.
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Join us for a day dedicated to educating the architect, engineer, contractor, project owner, and specifier about building to net zero. Our subject-matter experts will discuss the basics of net zero and then move to specific strategies including energy considerations, materials selection, and code. We’ll end the day with a Q&A session where our panel of experts will answer your questions. 

Satisfies the 5 California Net-Zero Carbon Design (ZNCD) credits in addition to 5 AIA HSW and 6 GBCI credits.
Photo: Brooklyn Grange, Javits Center
Consider Adding a Green Roof to Your Retrofit
The benefits of a green roof are numerous, especially in an urban environment.
  • Greater stormwater management and drainage
  • Greater energy efficiency, a natural cooling system for the building
  • Reduction of the urban heat island effect
  • Improvement to air quality
  • Extended roof life
  • Occupant wellness
  • Enhanced noise reduction
  • Absorption of pollutants and carbon dioxide
  • Attraction of pollinators like bees and butterflies
  • Money savings

Click HERE to learn about the green roof atop the Javits Center in Brooklyn, NY, a 10,000-square-foot orchard and food forest.
Did You Know
40 years
The average life span of a green roof.
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