Integrative Carbon Building for a Changing Climate

Join the Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) and Burlington 2030 District for our summer networking event at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) in Burlington on Thursday, June 21st. This event will include a networking reception with appetizers, cash bar, and a presentation by Ace McArleton and Jacob Racusin of New Frameworks entitled "Integrative Carbon Building: Embodied Carbon, Net Positive Carbon, and the New Carbon Architecture." Learn about the climate impacts of green building and how to minimize your project's contribution to climate change.

Free for VGBN and Burlington 2030 District members. $10 for non-members.

To learn more and to RSVP, please visit:


  • 5:00-5:30pm: Arrival

  • 5:30-6:45pm: "Integrative Carbon Building: Embodied Carbon, Net Positive Carbon and the New Carbon Architecture" presentation by Ace McArleton and Jacob Racusin, followed by Q+A

  • 6:45-7:30pm: Networking with appetizers and cash bar


Integrative Carbon Building: Embodied Carbon, Net Positive Carbon, and the New Carbon Architecture

Our current framework for net-zero buildings doesn’t account for embodied carbon – that is, carbon pollution created during material manufacturing and distribution. In this session, we will show how systems thinking about carbon and an integrated design approach can change building practices from a problem to a solution. We will present data on the embodied carbon impact of green buildings; address how to quantify embodied carbon in design/build practices; and discuss present-day carbon-positive construction materials and assemblies, which can reduce the carbon load in the atmosphere. This effectively uses buildings as carbon-sequestering reservoirs, which can mitigate and even reverse climate change effects. Understanding the carbon cycle, and how we as design/build practitioners can make beneficial choices, is the next horizon for integrative green building.


A special thank you to our event sponsors! Burlington Electric Department | Efficiency Vermont | Farrell Properties | Main Street Landing | NESEA | ReArch Company | Yestermorrow Design/Build School | 475 High Performance Building Supply | Vermont Passive House

Event Address: 
128 Lakeside Ave, Suite 401
Burlington, VT 05401
Event Date: 
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Event Location: 
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) | Town Center Room