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As we acquire ecological literacy within the building-industry profession, the next question becomes: How can architects mitigate the effects of climate change through their buildings? Learn with us.

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Peter Papesch AIA /
The Building Enclosure Council is part of the Building Technologies Commission.

Upcoming Events

June 26, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Architecture + the 21st Century Paradigm Shift How do Biometrics Inform Design + Reframe the History of Modern Architecture? We live in a new “...


Click to view Toward a Scientific Basis for Architectural Design by C. Robert Horsburgh, Jr., MD, MUS
Click here to view the PDF of Martha Schwarz's presentation from our February 2018 SEC meeting.
Click to view Dr. Brita Lundberg's ​Health Risks of Natural Gas Infrastructure.
Dee Spiro, Sustainability Director at Bergmeyer, gave us an overview of the tools and techniques which the firm uses to...
Suzanne Robinson eloquently described the mindsets of members of the two professions which can lead to misunderstandings,...
Peter Papesch AIA, gave a whirlwind tour of how architects (and others) fit into the swirl of systems within systems...
Vanderweil Electrical Engineers explained the potential for Micro Grids, and the obstacles for maximizing electricity...
Some online lectures in architecture 1/16/17  Compiled from many sources. Additions and corrections appreciated. ...
Through a discussion and presentation, Kate Bubriski will discuss how user engagement was used in the schematic design...

Past Events

January 16, 2018 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Biodiversity, Climate Change and the Built Environment The architectural profession has been among the leaders in addressing the problems of...
December 19, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Natural Gas Effects On Human Health

Dr. Brita Lundberg will link for us health risks and natural gas.   

While portrayed as a “clean” fuel, the CO2 emissions of natural gas are compounded by the much greater methane gas footprint, which is greater than that of coal when the full impact of methane emissions due to gas leaks, intentional releases of gas, and burning at power plants is taken into account.

Architects and developers are in key positions to avoid using gas when electricity sourced from renewables can be incorporated into buildings today. As electricity from renewables become ever more competitive with fossil fuels, the entire building industry can start today to help society reduce greenhouse gas emissions and thereby decrease the rate of global warming and climate change.

This event is co-sponsored by the BSA-COTE.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LU/HSWs are available.

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October 17, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Trial and Error: Greening a Firm from the Inside Out Dee Spiro is Director of Sustainability at Bergmeyer Associates, Inc. She will describe...
September 19, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Architecture and the 21st Century Paradigm Shift How do biometrics inform design and reframe the history of modern architecture? We live...
June 20, 2017 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Improving Sustainability Through Lean Project Delivery In 2007, Cynthia Tsao guest lectured in the "Women in Sustainable Design Lecture Series...
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