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    Fresh Brew | Housing Decarbonization: The Practicable Playbook (Pt. 2)

    Thursday, October 6, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT


    AIA Member: $10 | General: $15 | Student: $5

    Join the Center for Architecture + Design in collaboration with AIA San Francisco for this segment of "Fresh Brew" as we conclude a series of talks discussing decarbonizing multifamily construction. Moderated by Paul Adamson, FAIA, 2022 AIASF Board President who will discuss updates on the free and downloadable, The Building Decarbonization Practice Guide. Paul will be joined by Don Davies, PE,SE, President, Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA); Dirk Kestner, PE, SE, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, Director of Sustainable Design, Walter P Moore; and Mark D. Webster, Structural Engineer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger to discuss tackling zero-carbon multifamily housing, including case studies that shed light on the cost/benefit of electrification and broader social and community dimensions of decarbonization.

    This episode is coordinated in partnership with AIASF Housing Committee.

    Dirk Kestner, PE, SE, LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, Director of Sustainable Design
    As director of sustainable design, Dirk provides overall guidance and resourcing to the entire firm, ensuring that all designs incorporate industry-leading expertise in sustainable strategies. His project work, teaching, and coaching throughout the firm and broad-reaching influence in the industry help maintain Walter P Moore’s status as a national leader in sustainable approaches and outcomes. Trained and experienced as a structural engineer, Dirk applies his immense passion for environmental accountability in design to elevate the knowledge and expertise of all those around him, creating better results for clients and projects. Dirk guides each team through a client inquiry process that produces bespoke sustainability goals for each project and then leads the team to achieve those goals.

    Don Davies, PE,SE, President, Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA)
    Don is an industry-recognized leader in designing high-rise and mixed-use buildings.  His projects are in more than 50 major metropolitan centers and 18 countries, and he is sought out for his creativity, international expertise, and sustainably driven innovations.  His portfolio includes over 47 Performance-Based Seismic Design towers in areas of high seismicity, in addition to towers up to 105 stories tall.  Don is an innovator in developing new building approaches for lowering the embodied carbon footprint of construction, pioneering the use of Life Cycle Analysis for more sustainable design, and writing more than 15 articles on tall building systems and embodied carbon optimization.  He mentors MKA’s Sustainability Technical Specialist Team and frequently lectures on bio-mimicry and resilience in structural design.

    Mark D. Webster, Structural Engineer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s Waltham, Massachusetts
    Mark is a founder of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Sustainability Committee and recently completed a term as co-chair of the committee. He leads the SE 2050 Commitment Resources Working Group and contributes to the SEI Sustainability Committee’s Circular Economy Working Group. He edited and co-authored the Sustainability Committee’s technical report addressing the climate impacts of structural materials, Structural Materials and Global Climate and the committee’s white paper entitled Achieving Net Zero Embodied Carbon in Structural Materials by 2050. His structural consulting practice encompasses new design, renovation, and investigation work, with an emphasis on historic buildings.

    Paul Adamson, FAIA, LEED AP, 2022 AIASF Board President; Chair, AIASF Housing Committee
    As a design architect with over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Paul has lead project teams on many high-profile hotels such as the Intercontinental Hotel, adjacent to Moscone West convention center in San Francisco, the Fairmont Heritage Place, at Ghirardelli Square, the W Hotel, San Francisco and the Omni Hotel and Metropolitan Residences, located in San Diego, CA. Prior to TCA, Paul was a Senior Associate at Hornberger + Worstell Architects, recognized for their design and master planning of destination resorts, conference hotels and wellness facilities.  His additional architecture experience includes Mixed-Use, Residential and Retail as well as Civic, University Student Life and housing Facilities, Adaptive Re-use and Historic Preservation. Paul has also consulted on curtainwall design and installation, most recently with Build Group, Inc., a general contractor responsible for numerous high-density residential and hospitality projects, in the San Francisco Bay Area.


    1. Learn to identify the critical decision points in a project schedule to optimize for embodied carbon.
    2. Hear how Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are being used, and how these relate to Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment (WBLCA) tools like Tally or OneClick.
    3. Understand how data uncertainty can be brought into embodied carbon calculations.
    4. Discover where can you go for more information on embodied carbon.

    Fresh Brew is a series of online morning conversations covering a variety of topics about all things architecture and design. Fresh Brew provides the general public and industry professionals with engaging dialogue and a space for inspiration. Presented by the Center for Architecture + Design in collaboration with the American Institute of Architects/San Francisco (AIASF) .

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    Thursday, October 6, 2022
    9:00 am - 10:00 am PDT
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