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DSAEC Lunch and Learn: ‘Buildings That Regenerate’

Presented by Colin Rohlfing (Director of Sustainable Development), HDR

12:15 pm–1:15 pm
Peter Kiewit Institute Room: 160
Additional Info: Also on City Campus in Nebraska Hall 175, and on Zoom
Target Audiences:
Durham School,
Regenerative Design breaks existing design paradigms to reconnect humans and nature and nurtures social equity through continuously evolving social and ecological systems. This re-connection requires an immediate reversal of the negative impacts associated with carbon emissions, environmental degradation, and social inequality. A Regenerative building must act as a “carbon bank”, a healing space, and an equitable community resource to achieve net positive impacts over its lifecycle. As climate change nears a tipping point with irreversible consequences, the rise of civil unrest reaches an all-time high due to social injustices in society and the mental health crisis at its peak due to the consequences of COVID-19, high performance buildings are not enough—a harmony in community values is needed. This new design approach changes our fundamental thinking about
long-term building operations and their impacts on the local community and ecology. This session will provide insight about putting Regenerative Design into practice with case studies.

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