First Living Building Project in Asia: Presentation and Tour
- 21-01-2015 18.30 - 20.30
- GLUMAC, Shanghai
The goal of this event is to introduce the Living Building Challenge to China, and feature the first project in China built to comply with the Living Building Challenge Standard, the Glumac Engineers’ net-zero water/energy/carbon Shanghai Headquarters.
As the largest and fastest growing construction market in the world, China’s building and construction industry’s sustainability is a both a domestic concern and a global Imperative. While important progress has already been made in growing the number of LEED certified projects and China’s National Green Building Evaluation Standard (3 Star) projects, these programs only serve to limit the negative environmental impact of current construction methods. China’s situation demands a paradigm shift, not incremental solutions.
The Living Building Challenge envisions buildings, modeled after nature, that go beyond current green building practices to actually have a positive impact on the environment and society. Like a flower, each living building project produces as much energy from its roof as it consumes, relies only on the rainwater falling on its roof and is made from completely non-toxic materials.
Come learn about the innovative Living Building Challenge program hosted in China’s first building pursuing full Living Building Certification.For AIA members, this event accrues LU's.
James Connelly, Manager, Living Building Challenge
James Connelly manages certifications and conducts technical consulting for Living Building Challenge projects both in the US and Internationally. James was a Fulbright Scholar who conducted research on China’s Green Building Evaluation system (3-star) and speaks Mandarin Chinese. James is an avid writer and blogger, and his research has been featured in news outlets such as China Dialogue and Engineering News Record.
In addition, James leads strategic sustainable business initiatives for the International Living Future Institute including Declare, an innovative ingredients transparency label and database of non-toxic sustainably sourced products, and Just, a social justice and corporate responsibility label for leading progressive organizations. James also conducts outreach and lectures on the Living Building Challenge both domestically and internationally, with a particular focus on growing the program in Asia.
Quinnie Li, Associate, Glumac
Quinnie has served as project and sustainability manager on multiple high profile projects in both the US and in Asia for Glumac. She also managed the design and construction for the Glumsc Shanghai office, which is pursuing Living Building Challenge (full petal), LEED (v4 Platinum), RESET, as well as WELL certification.
To register for this event please visit the AIA website.
This is not a Green Initiatives-organized event. To register for this event please contact the organizers directly.