Achieving carbon neutrality and protecting the world's water supply are vital to the AEC industry because of the significant impact buildings have on the environment and occupant health. The structures that we live, work, and commune in use a vast amount of the energy and water consumed on the planet for building operations and maintenance.

Over the past two decades more and more organizations, from private companies to federal governments, have taken steps to minimize their impact on the environment and, more recently, on society's wellbeing as a whole. This has been accomplished through sustainable building design, social accountability, and ethical economic practices. This course will discuss a Net Positive approach to design and business operations.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the Net Positive approach to business practices and sustainable design.
  • Assess the importance of sustainability reporting and materials disclosure, which are key Net Positive business practices.
  • Describe how the water-energy nexus can help organizations achieve decarbonization goals and have a Net Positive impact on the world.
  • Explore how organizations can embed a Net Positive approach into their carbon neutral programs by specifying commercial plumbing products that reduce both their water and carbon footprint and using IoT data collection for transparent reporting.

Pre-Requisite: Basic knowledge of design best practices.