2018 Ecological Building Network report: We've been busy . . .

EBNet continues to accomplish and facilitate many things on a tiny budget. We're a very low maintenance operation that I still liken to an old but smoothly functioning pickup truck: you can leave it unused for months without cost, but when you need it just fill up the tank and go get the job done. Here's what we've done, and what's coming.

1) The New Carbon Architecture (an EBNet project) is out and making a splash with the somewhat startling news that the carbon emissions associated with making everything we eat, drive, wear and live in are a huge and so far overlooked opportunity to reverse climate disruption. The 19 co-authors and I are getting about, more and more often, to bring this important message to the green building world and to the culture at large. My own schedule for 2019 so far includes Marin, San Francisco, Living Futures in Seattle, AIA Convention in Las Vegas, Cairo (Cairo!), and Greenbuild in Atlanta.

2) The Rebuild Green Expo was put on last February as an impromptu, ad hoc effort of the green building community to aid North Bay fire survivors looking to rebuild better homes. Produced under the auspices of EBNet, it was a very well attended compilation of exhibitors and short learning seminars on everything from water use to effective home construction to renewable energy to electrified homes and neighborhoods. They asked for more, and we were already well into planning another when this year's disastrous new fires displaced thousands more Californians. The next Expo will be in Santa Rosa in February.

3) The BuildWell Source The online library of low-carbon conctruction is revving back to life as several people step up to fill its "shelves" and build towards a more lively re-launch.

4) The Low-Carbon Concrete Building Code The embodied carbon of materials figures hugely in climate work; the carbon released just by making concrete comprises 8% of global emissions. To date, however, those emissions remain almost entirely unregulated, and only show up as brownie points in the various green building rating systems such as LEED and Living Building Challenge. We aim to change that by making climate-friendly building the law—not just a meek suggestion. With funding from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, we have partnered with Marin County to write a code amendment, for adoption in one year, that will be the first of its kind anywhere in the world. Laughably little concrete is ever poured in Marin County, of course, so the immediate effect will be trivial. But we—partnered with some of the biggest engineering and concrete supply companies in North America—intend to produce code language and a support structure that can be imported and adopted anywhere. The stars are aligned for this to succeed, and we immodestly hope to start something that can quickly spread, like those other famous Marin County exports, hot tubs and mountain bikes. We're already getting inquiries from around the world, and are excited and proud to be part of this very high leverage project.

5) BuildWell 2019 In light of all the above, and that fast-growing awareness of embodied carbon in architecture, the time is very much at hand to put on another BuildWell Conference focused entirely on carbon. We're looking for an anchor tenant who can commit the deep funding that will get the wheels turning for a date next Fall.

That's it in a nutshell. Please let me know if you have questions, or want to know more!  

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Ecological Building Network

PO 6397

San Rafael, CA 94903

with warm wishes for the holidays,

Bruce King, Director

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