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2023 Decarbonization Conference for the Built Environment

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2023 Decarbonization Conference for the Built Environment

October 25-27, 2023
Renaissance Arlington Capital View
Washington D.C. Metro Area


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The Decarbonization Conference for the Built Environment will be an information and idea exchange, between stakeholders in the built environment industry, concerning the timely and important topic of reducing carbon emissions from buildings.  The goal is to discuss the design, construction, ownership, and operation of facilities targeted for reduced or neutral impact on the environment with respect to carbon footprint.  A primary objective of the conference is to enhance the knowledge base in North America on decarbonization efforts.

The conference is organized by ASHRAE, AIA, APPA, BOMA, and IFMA.

The conference will focus on educating attendees on methods to decrease carbon emissions, both embodied and operational, in order to reduce the impact of buildings on the climate crises. The conference program will address current and future governmental policies and regulations for which engineers, architects, owners and operators need to be aware of to address environmentally-responsible building requirements.

“The goal of this conference is to bring persons who work in all aspects of building design, construction, operation, ownership and management into the same room to address how the building industry as a whole can improve the impact buildings have on the global climate crises,” said ASHRAE President-Elect Ginger Scoggins. “Since building design, construction and operation contribute close to 40% of total global emissions of carbon, it is imperative that we all work together to develop a path forward to address our impact”.

“The built environment generates nearly 40 percent of CO2 emissions annually with approximately 27 percent attributed to building operations, placing significant responsibility for reducing operational and embodied carbon emissions on the built environment industry. We must take the lead in ensuring that what we design, construct, operate and manage is achieved thoughtfully, strategically, collaboratively. Working together to reduce or reverse the harmful impacts of our buildings is empowering, but we need direction on how to go about it. ASHRAE’s Decarbonization Conference will help us integrate our perspectives to help our industry take meaningful action.” - Laurie A. Gilmer, P.E., CFM, FMP, SFP, LEED AP, Chair, IFMA’s Global Board of Directors

  • Call for Presentations

    A Call for Presentations is now open. Professionals in the Built Environment Industry are invited to submit proposals for individual presentations between 15-25 minutes in length or 60-90 minute panel or seminar sessions. Organizers are seeking proposals that address the following topics:

    • Decarbonization 101: Measures, Metrics and Terminology
    • Decarbonization Drivers: Guidelines, Standards and Regulations
    • What is your role in Decarbonization?
    • Strategies to Achieve Low Carbon Operations
    • Designing and Constructing Low Carbon Buildings
    • Retrofitting Your Way to Low Carbon Buildings
    • Lessons Learned: New Construction Case Studies
    • Successes and Failures: Existing Buildings Case Studies
    • How Do We Fund Low Carbon Buildings?

    The deadline to submit is May 1, 2023. If accepted, presentations will be due September 01, 2023. All speakers are expected to present their work in person at the conference venue.

    To submit a presentation proposal: Click here

  • Sponsorship

    The conference organizers are pleased to offer several sponsorship opportunities to engage industry participation. All sponsors will have their company logo and name on the event flyer, the conference web site and recognition during the conference. A summary of the specific benefits of each sponsorship level is included. If you have questions or are interesting in being a sponsor, please contact Staci Loeffler sloeffler@ashrae.org.


  • Thank you to our Sponsors

    Thank you to the following sponsors of the 2023 Decarbonization Conference for the Built Environment!


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  • Steering Committee

    Steering Committee:

    • Wade Conlan, ASHRAE (Chair)
    • Chris Gray, ASHRAE (Vice Chair)
    • Ginger Scoggins, ASHRAE President Elect
    • Darryl Boyce, ASHRAE
    • Bing Liu, ASHRAE
    • Craig Bradshaw, ASHRAE
    • Marianna Vallejo, ASHRAE
    • Kathleen Lane, AIA
    • Michele Mihelic, AIA
    • Don Davis, BOMA
    • Ken Rosenfeld, BOMA
    • Lander Medlin, APPA
    • Laurie Gilmer, IFMA
    • Don Gilpin, IFMA