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Realising a Carbon Positive Future – From Declaration to Action | Melbourne Collaborative Event
31 October 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join the latest (and last!) event in our ‘7 Seasons, 7 Petals’ speaker evenings! This month we celebrate Poornet (Tadpole) season and explore the LBC Energy Petal in the context of the climate emergency and the transition to a carbon positive future.
Local governments, private sector organisations and built environment practitioners are all moving quickly to recognise the climate emergency and adopt purposeful and ambitious actions to reduce their direct carbon emissions and influence further reductions across their supply chains. Why have so many organisations made the decision to declare a climate emergency and what actions are they now taking in response? At this event we will hear from those who are helping lead this change and what we can all do within our own sphere of influence.
THIS SESSION WILL COVER: Living Building Challenge – Energy Petal
The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek. The Living Building Challenge (LBC) poses the question, “What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place?” LBC’s seven performance standards, or Petals, align with the metaphor of our buildings being designed to emulate flowers – harvesting energy and water in place, using locally available materials, connecting to and enhancing the ecosystem in which they exist, and being beautiful.
The intent of the Energy Petal is to create new sources of renewable energy that allow projects to operate year-round in a resilient, carbon pollution-free manner. In addition, the Energy Petal prioritizes energy efficiency as a means to reduce wasteful spending, of energy, resources, and capital. The Energy Petal attempts to establish a new paradigm for humans’ relationship with energy, in which the places we live, work and play become catalysts for a healthy and resilient future. This Petal consists of two imperatives. The first, Energy and Carbon Reduction, requires projects to achieve a specific reduction in total net annual energy consumption after accounting for on-site renewable power. The second, Net Positive Carbon, requires that projects supply one hundred and five percent of their project’s energy needs through on-site renewable energy on a net annual basis, without the use of combustion.