September 8, 2020
North & South America

September 17, 2020
Europe, Middle East & Africa

September 22, 2020
Asia, Asia Pacific & Oceania

Plan Design Build Manufacture
a Carbon Positive future.

The free global teach-in showcased the most effective building materials, construction methods, design tools, architecture and planning strategies, practices and policies for dramatically and rapidly reducing the embodied and operational carbon emissions as we RESET our targets and actions to meet the Paris Agreement.


September 8, 2020: North & South America
September 17, 2020: Europe, Middle East & Africa
September 22, 2020: Asia, Asia Pacific & Oceania

The CarbonPositive RESET was a free full-day event that took place in three global regions and time zones: North & South America; Europe, Middle East & Africa; Asia, Asia Pacific & Australia.

September 8, 2020:
North & South America

September 17, 2020:
Europe, Middle East & Africa

September 22, 2020:
Asia, Asia Pacific & Oceania

Meeting the 1.5ºC Paris Agreement Targets in the Global Built Environment

We are in a race to find solutions to both the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis. With heartbreaking clarity, the danger of inaction against known threats can lead to terrible human suffering, and declining economic and environmental well-being. With the abrupt but temporary disruption in building and infrastructure construction due to the pandemic, this crucial moment provides us an extraordinary opportunity to reassess and RESET our priorities and actions for the built environment.
It’s clear we can grow our economies, create and support livable communities, and phase-out fossil fuels to solve the climate crisis. Now is the time to collectively accelerate our motivation and actions – designing buildings with no on-site fossil fuels; innovating and shifting to carbon positive buildings, materials, construction and infrastructure; creating building decarbonization and clean energy jobs; integrating passive design strategies and renewable energy in projects; and addressing the root causes of increasing and projected climate catastrophes and pandemics. The world will certainly be better equipped to confront potential disasters if we readily and immediately share resources, expertise, and information.
As it now stands, we can still retain a high probability of meeting the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C target and avert the most dangerous aspects of climate change by reducing annual CO2 emissions 50% to 65% in the built environment by 2030, and completely phasing-out of fossil fuel CO2 emissions by 2040.
With buildings and infrastructure responsible for well over half of all annual global emissions, the international architecture, engineering, construction, planning, and building community must play a key role in meeting the 1.5°C target. Actions and support from this group are crucial. As economies emerge from the global pandemic and building and infrastructure construction recover, sector actions will send a strong market signal and give governments the confidence to act in line with the remaining global carbon budget.
Architecture 2030, with other key partners, is presenting a 1.5°C Global Teach-In to promote and advance the actions needed by the global building community to meet the 1.5°C carbon budget.
There has never been a greater urgency for climate action.

What people are saying about CarbonPositive events:

“This was the best lineup of experts in a single location that I can remember at a sustainability conference.” 

“In my opinion, this was hands down the best conference I have attended in my career. It was insightful, informative, and inspiring. I came away feeling an urgency to do MORE and to act FASTER. But I also came away with a feeling of hope and optimism that we collectively CAN do what we need to do.” 

“I’m not sure how you do it, but you seem to find the best and brightest working on some of the most important issues and I’m looking forward to using some of what I’ve learned in our projects.” 

“It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of what was, for me, the most inspiring and important conference I have attended.” 

CarbonPositive provides a “how-to” for planning, designing, building and manufacturing a CarbonPositive future – where buildings, developments and entire cities are constructed to use sustainable resources, generate surplus renewable energy, and convert atmospheric carbon into durable materials and products. 

To meet this challenge, sessions, speakers and exhibitors will showcase in-depth:

Innovative materials and advanced construction methods

Latest design tools and best practices

Leading edge policy efforts and planning practices

CarbonPositive RESET! is a free interdisciplinary, practice-focused event for architects, planners, engineers, builders, developers and policymakers.

Session Recordings

CarbonPositive RESET! 1.5ºC Global Teach-In


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The new imperative identifies the actions and provides a roadmap that will lead to an immediate global response in the built environment that meets the 1.5ºC Paris Agreement target. Leading the built environment to the next level on the road to COP26 in Glasgow… begins TODAY!

RESET! URBANIZATION: Global Sprawl, Climate Change, and Equity

Urban planning strategies, adaptive reuse and infill, and smart urban infill provide significant opportunities in mitigating new embodied carbon associated with the massive amount of global new construction and development projected to take place by 2030.

RESET! EMBODIED CARBON: Reduce, Reuse, Sequester

Every year, 6.13 billion square meters of buildings are constructed, responsible for approximately 3729 million metric tons CO2 per year. This session explores major opportunities, technologies and material innovations for dramatically and immediately sequestering carbon in building materials, infrastructure and restorative landscapes.


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DESIGN WITH CLIMATE: Form Follows Performance 

Design choices are the first and most important step for energy efficient, zero carbon buildings. What regional passive design strategies can designers utilize in practice today?

(RE)DESIGN: Repurpose, Re-Skin, Renovate

The greenest building, development, or neighborhood is the one that is already built. Can we reassess how we place a monetary, carbon, and social value on these existing assets in order to strengthen the case for reusing, repurposing, re-skinning, and renovating existing buildings?

CORE MATERIALS: Better Concrete, Better Steel

Concrete and Steel alone are responsible for approximately 20% of global annual carbon emissions. What innovations in concrete and steel allow for lower-carbon materials now, and what innovations are down the pipeline?

IT’S ELECTRIFYING! Powering Our Buildings Without Fossil Fuels

Meeting global climate goals will require a swift transition away from fossil-fuel powered heating, cooling, and cooking appliances within our buildings. Fossil-fuel free building technologies such as heat pumps and induction cooktops are rapidly evolving, making building electrification more affordable and efficient than ever. What is the current state of the industry and where is it headed? Is fossil-fuel free heating, cooling, and cooking currently feasible in all regions and climates? And what about heat pumps and HFC-emitting refrigerants?

THE URBAN FIX: Resilient Cities

How can we leverage urban scale planning and design to meet the 1.5ºC target? How can our cities adapt and become resilient in the face of climate change?

FOREST AND THE TREES (AND GRASS): Procuring Climate Smart Mass Timber & Bamboo

Mass timber can offer a low-carbon alternative to concrete and steel, and it’s quickly growing in popularity. What do designers need to know to get mass timber right? What other carbon-sequestering structural materials are available and scalable?

PROLIFERATING RENEWABLES: Generating and Procuring Renewable Energy 

Buildings will always consume energy, but the sources of that energy have significant impacts on carbon emissions. This session dives into on-site and off-site renewable energy availability and best practices in your region, so building operations are 100% renewably powered.

SOAK IT UP: Carbon Sequestering Sites

What are the opportunities for carbon sequestration in site development and landscape design? What are the best techniques, and what tools are available for calculating the carbon balance of these landscape materials and strategies now and over time? How can site and infrastructure design mitigate heat island effect?

GROWING UP: Designing with Mass Timber & Bamboo

What are the implications and advantages of selecting low embodied carbon systems like climate smart CLT, Glulam, and NLT? For project teams? Design and detailing? Permitting? Construction cost, schedule and logistics? Owner’s bottom line?

ACHIEVING ZERO: Codes and Policies for Zero Emissions in New and Existing Building Operations

Quickly achieving zero carbon in building operations is a critical dimension of a CarbonPositive future. This session covers the recent policies for decarbonizing building operations in both new construction and the existing building stock, including the ZERO Code, all-electric new construction, and critical considerations for electrifying existing buildings.

10 BILLION MOUTHS TO FEED! Emissions, Urban Agriculture and Development

By the end of the century, experts believe that our agricultural land will produce only half as much food as it does currently, even as the population is growing. Meanwhile, the bulk of population growth will occur in urban areas–where agriculture has historically been limited. How must our food systems transform to feed the growing urban population, protect forests and biodiversity, and prioritize resiliency?

RIGHT-SIZING: Core Building Material Optimization

What is the structural “sweet spot” for optimizing materials in order to reduce embodied carbon? Are there rules of thumb designers can use in design, or does optimization occur on a case-by-case basis?

ENERGY UPGRADED! Scaling Building Renovations for Decarbonization

The large majority of the existing building stock will continue to be operating over the next decades. This showcase will feature how owners and managers are upgrading these buildings for a decarbonized future, as well as the programs that are transforming the market to scale these energy upgrades.

CITIES LEAD: An Embodied Carbon Policy Framework

Cities are often at the forefront of climate policy, and the opportunities for impactful embodied carbon interventions at the city-scale are plentiful. What municipal embodied carbon policies have currently been implemented, and what are the most promising opportunities for future municipal embodied carbon action to drive impactful, large-scale reductions?

LOCK IT UP! Carbon Capture Opportunities and Innovations

Carbon capture is both something that is new and innovative, and something that has been happening naturally since the beginning of time. What are the innovations in capturing and storing carbon in high-impact building materials like concrete, and what carbon-smart materials are scaling to be competitive in the market?

EMPOWERING CHANGE: Bio-Based Materials for Climate and Cultural Shifts

Carbon capture is both new and innovative, and something that has been happening naturally since the beginning of time. What role do bio-based materials play in meeting climate goals, and how do we create a social and cultural shift to embrace low carbon materials?

LET’S GET REAL: The Power of Real Estate and Procurement

What is the role of real estate in addressing issues and challenges including climate change, waste, biodiversity, social impact, accessibility and supply chain sustainability?

COMPLETING THE CIRCLE: Towards a Circular Economy

Unlocking the circular economy holds great potential for dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions. How does it apply to buildings and cities? What are the circular strategies that make a compelling business case for low carbon buildings?

INTERIORS MATTER: Material Impacts, Innovation & MEP

Over its lifespan, building use and renovation can have significant embodied carbon impacts. How important are interior materials in a project’s overall embodied carbon footprint? Which interior materials are most important to focus on? Does CarbonPositive provide a lens for thinking differently about how we design interiors for remodel cycles, resiliency and the circular economy?


TOOL TUTORIALS: Dedicated Demos
    • Autodesk: BIM 360
    • Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings
    • Beacon
    • Bimmer + SolarScore
    • cove.tool
    • EC3
    • EDGE
    • One Click LCA
    • SolarResilient
    • Tally
    • WeatherShift

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