April Magill, principal and architect of Root Down Designs, announces that her firm will host Chris Magwood, builder, author and executive director of the Endeavour Centre in Ontario, for a talk on “Buildings as Carbon Capture and Storage Devices,” on Wednesday, April 24th, at 7 pm at the American College of Building Arts.
Attendees will learn how buildings can become the world’s sixth-largest carbon sink, providing an important climate change drawdown solution. Currently, the harvesting and manufacturing of building materials account for 11 percent of global greenhouse (GHG) emissions, with that number expected to rise sharply in the coming decades. There are buildings being made today that are net sequesterers of carbon, showing that it is possible to change the current paradigm.
The ability to retain more carbon is an important issue to Charleston-area residents, who are seeing more sunny-day flooding events as sea levels continue to rise. Ten years ago, the Post and Courier quoted energy specialist Joseph Romm as saying, in response to climate deniers stymying progress in climate change solutions, “I think that it will become apparent that the scientists were right, and then in the 2020 decade, people will start getting desperate.” (“S.C. has swelling carbon footprint,” by Tony Bartelme, Post and Courier, Oct. 11, 2009.)
Residents, builders and policy makers will have a chance to learn what they can do as homeowners to make a small, yet significant, impact by attending Magwood’s talk at the end of April.
“This is an issue we all should be interested in, whether as an individual, a business, an organization, or on the city planning and policy side of things,” Magill said. “Learning about tangible ways we can reduce and even curb climate change by how we build in the future is really exciting. Chris is internationally recognized as an expert on this topic, and I’m thrilled he will be here in Charleston to encourage and empower us to take action. I encourage anyone interested in the topic of climate change to attend this lecture.”
Details on the workshop:
“Buildings as Carbon Capture and Storage Devices” lecture
When: Wednesday, April 24
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Where: American College of Building Arts, 649 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29403
Host: Root Down Designs, www.rootdowndesigns.com
About the instructors:
Chris Magwood, builder, author and executive director of the Endeavour Centre. Magwood is obsessed with making the best, most energy efficient, carbon sequestering, healthy, beautiful and inspiring buildings. He is the executive director of the the Endeavour Centre, a nonprofit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario. Magwood has authored seven books on sustainable building, including “Essential Sustainable Home Design” (2017), “Essential Hempcrete Construction” (2016) and “Making Better Buildings” (2014). He is currently working on a master of arts degree at Trent University, studying carbon storage potential in the built environment. Magwood is an active speaker and workshop instructor in Canada and abroad.