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The Carbon Neutral Design Project:

Unknowingly, the architecture and building
community is responsible for almost half of all U.S.
greenhouse gas emissions annually. Globally the
percentage is even higher.
-- Ed Mazria


Never before have architectural educators and professionals faced the magnitude and urgency of today’s ecological challenges resulting from global warming and climate change. To meet these challenges, the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) has initiated the Carbon Neutral Design (CND) Project to create and disseminate the resources and tools needed to integrate carbon neutral and zero-energy design into professional architecture programs and practice. This project is a direct response to the 2010 Imperative (which is a call for architectural educators to address carbon neutral design and fossil fuel reduction in the design studio, to improve ecological literacy for design students, and to integrate related issues in the design and operations of university facilities and campuses) as well as the Architecture 2030 Challenge (the realization of carbon neutral architecture by the year 2030).

The Carbon Neutral Design (CND) Project is a joint effort by the AIA, members of AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), and the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) to produce educational and
resource materials for carbon neutral design. SBSE, a non-profit educational organization with members
from the academy, governmental agencies and publishers, has for over twenty years served as an
incubator for new approaches to teaching environmentally responsive architectural design. This
partnership with the academy has capitalized on the expertise of building science educators and
practitioners to produce this peer reviewed, web-ready content on carbon neutral design.

The CND Project acknowledges that there are identifiable starting positions and best practices that are required to succeed in reducing the energy demands of a building to allow it to reach a state of Carbon Neutrality.

This, the initial phase of the Carbon Neutral Design Project will focus on reducing the carbon emissions for the operating energy of the building. Operating energy has been selected over embodied energy as it represents the major contribution to the carbon emissions of a building, and is the focus of the 2030 Challenge. Practices, protocols and tools to reduce the carbon associated with embodied energy will form the focus of subsequent research associated with this project.

Funding for the project has been provided by the American Institute of Architects, the Brico Fund and a private donor.

Co-sponsoring Organizations- SBSE Carbon Neutral Design Project

The Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE) is working with the following organizations to make the CND Project a reality:
• Architecture 2030
• The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
• The American Institute of Architects Educator Practitioner Network  (AIA EPN)
• The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE)
• The American Institute of Architects Sustainability Discussion Group (SDiG)
• The United States Green Building Council Formal Education Committee (USGBC)


AIA Observers/Advisors

Catherine Roussel, AIA, Director of Education, the American Institute of Architects
Jessyca Henderson, AIA, Resource Architect, SDiG staff, the American Institute of Architects
Dennis A. Andrejko, AIA, National Board of Directors, AIA SDiG.
Henry Siegel, FAIA, Siegel and Strain Architects. 2008 chair AIA COTE
Kira Gould, Assoc. AIA, Director of Communications, William McDonough + partners.  2007 Chair AIA COTE

SBSE Principal Investigator

The Carbon Neutral Design Project is a joint effort of the leadership and members of the Society of Building Science Educators.

James Wasley, AIA, SBSE Past-President, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Jim Wasley was involved with both the Vital Signs and Agents of Change projects, and is currently a member of the Formal Education Committee of the USGBC. In 2005 he was recognized by COTE for promoting “Ecological Literacy in Architectural Education” for activities featuring a seamless blend of teaching, research and environmental activism promoting the adoption of green building standards throughout the University of Wisconsin System.

SBSE Co-Principal Investigators

Terri Meyer Boake, SBSE President, Associate Professor, Associate Director, University of Waterloo, LEED® AP
Terri Meyer Boake is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Architecture at the University of Waterloo Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, teaching in the areas of environmental design, building construction and new media. She has created and maintains a web based case study resource for Sustainable Canadian Buildings, and also maintains web based education resources. Professor Boake has expertise in web design and the creation of multimedia resources. She has completed two learning resources for the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction and is currently engaged in the development and production of two others. She co authored two key Carbon Neutral Directed presentations the AIA Conference in May 2008, and is presenting "The Leap to Zero Carbon" at the Ontario Association of Architects Convention in May 2009. For more information, please visit:

Mary Guzowski, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, University of Minnesota
Mary Guzowski teaches and conducts research related to daylighting, environmental technology, and ecological design. Her research publications include over thirty articles, the book Daylighting for Sustainable Design, and two web-based design resources, including the Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide and the Minnesota Green Housing Design Guide. She received an AIA Minnesota award among others for her contributions to sustainable education. Mary is currently working on the Initiative for Renewable Energy in Architecture and the Minnesota Zero Energy Design Protocol, two projects integrating zero-energy and carbon-neutral design in Minnesota.

John Quale, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, UVA.
John Quale initiated and serves as Project Director for the ecoMOD project; a research and design / build / evaluate project at the School of Architecture, in partnership with the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science. John and the ecoMOD project are the recipients of the 2007 NCARB Grand Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education In the Academy, the 2007 AIA Education Honor Award and the 2006-07 ACSA Collaborative Practice Award.

SBSE Carbon Neutral Design Project Team
(Team members head one or more sections of the multi-Phase, multi-year project. Together they serve as and advisory group for the project)

Harvey Bryan, Ph.D., FAIA, Professor, Arizona State University
Walter Grondzik P.E., Professor, Ball State University
Bruce Haglund, AIA, Professor, University of Idaho
Alison Kwok, Ph.D., AIA, Associate Professor, University of Oregon
Margot McDonald, AIA, Professor, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Murray Milne, Professor, University of California
Marc Schiler, FASES, Professor, University of Southern California
Sandy Stannard, Associate Professor, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Case Study Contributors:

Aldo Leopold Legacy Center
Tom Kubala
The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc.
W61 N617 Mequon Ave.
Cedarburg, Wisconsin, 53012-2017

Dave Bradley
Thermal Energy System Specialists
2916 Marketplace Drive - Suite 104
Madison, Wisconsin 53719

Global Ecology Research Center
Scott Shell, AIA, LEED® AP
EHDD Architecture
500 Treat Ave #201
San Francisco, California 94110

John Andary, PE, LEED® AP
405 Howard Street 5th Floor
San Francisco CA 94105
Tel. (415) 946-6646

Sidwell Friends School

Roderick Bates LEED® AP
KieranTimberlake Associates, LLP
420 North 20th Street
Philadelphia PA 19130.3828

James R Benya, PE, FIES, FIALD, LC
Benya Lighting Design
Member of the International Lighting Alliance
3491 Cascade Terrace
West Linn OR 97068

Wild Sage Co-Housing
Jim Logan

Jim Logan Architects
1455 Yarmouth Ave. Suite 114
Boulder, Colorado 80304

EcoMOD Housing
John Quale
(P.I. above)
Paxton Marshall
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer
University of Virginia
PO BOX 400743, 351 McCormick Road
Charlottesville, VA

Denny Park Apartments
Michele Wang
principal, Seattle Offi ce
Runberg Architecture Group, PLLC
One Yesler Way
Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98104

Sandra Mallory, AIA, LEED® AP
Green Building Specialist, City Green Building
Dept. of Planning & Development
City of Seattle
700 5th Ave. Suite 2000, P.O. Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019

Patricia L. Cornelison
Principal. Arrowstreet Inc.
212 Elm Street
Somerville MA 02144

Orinda City Hall
Henry Siegel
2008 Chair, AIA Committee on the Environment
Siegel and Strain Architects
1295 59th Street
Emeryville, CA 94608

Kitsap SEED
Michael E. Fowler
, AIA Associate
LEED® Accredited Professional
MITHUN architects + designers + planners
Pier 56, 1201 Alaskan Way, Ste. 200
Seattle, WA 98101

Curriculum Materials Contributors:

Nader V. Chalfoun, Ph.D. LEED® AP
Professor of Architecture
University of Arizona

Claude Demers / Andre Potvin
Professeur agrégé
Université Laval

Dr. Ihab Elzeyadi
Associate Professor of Architecture
University of Oregon

Bruce Haglund
Professor of Architecture
University of Idaho

Keelan Kaiser, AIA
Professor of Architecture
Interim Chair, Division of Art, Design and Architecture
Judson College

Robert J. Koester
Chair, Council on the Environment
Ball State University

Pablo La Roche Ph.D. LEED®-AP
Associate Professor of Architecture
Cal Poly Pomona

Robert Peña
Associate Professor of Architecture
University of Washington

Hazem Rashed-Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Architecture
The University of Texas at San Antonio

Sandy Stannard
Associate Professor of Architecture
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Chris Theis
Professor of Architecture
Louisiana State University

Gregory Thomson
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Univ. Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Abraham Yezioro, D.Sc.
Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Prof. Edna Shaviv
Professor of Architecture. LEED® AP
Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.



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