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2023 Decarbonisation Conference for the Built Environment Technical Programme

ASHRAE, along with leading industry organisations, have released the technical programme for the 2023 Decarbonisation Conference for the Built Environment, 25-27 October 2023 in Washington, D.C. at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View. The full conference schedule is now available, and registration is open.


The conference is organised by ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), APPA and Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).

“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 2023-24 ASHRAE President Ginger Scoggins, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE. “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 buildings’ impact.”

The three-day event includes 23 seminars, 17 panels and three keynote sessions – including a roundtable of industry executives. Keynote speakers are climate change, cleantech and sustainability expert Chris Turner and Sue Hall, Chief Executive Officer of Climate Neutral Business Network.

The industry executives panel will feature:

  • Lakisha Ann Woods, executive vice-president and CEO, AIA
  • Ginger Scoggins, 2023-24 ASHRAE President
  • Henry Chamberlin, CEO, BOMA International
  • Laurie Gilmer, chair, IFMA Global Board

Technical programme tracks are as follows:

  • Decarbonisation drivers: Guidelines, standards and regulations
  • Strategies to achieve low carbon operations
  • Decarbonisation 101: Measures, metrics and terminology
  • Lessons learned: New construction case studies
  • Impacts and gaps of Decarbonisation Policy
  • Retrofitting your way to low carbon buildings
  • Designing and constructing low carbon buildings
  • Successes and failures: Existing buildings case studies part 1

The programme will include the following presentations from invited speakers:

  • Fusing Historic Preservation with 21st Century Design Innovation’ – Brittany K Fiema, SmithGroup, Detroit, Michigan
  • The Coming Age of a Smart Grid and Smart Buildings’ – Thomas M Lawrence, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • Whole Life Carbon and Beyond to a Sustainable Future’ – Luke C H Leung, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Chicago, Illinois
  • Strategies to Lead the Buildings to the Zero Energy Path’ – Bing Liu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Portland, Oregon