Reducing GHG emissions 80% by 2050 is generally recognized as the target to avoiding the worst effects of climate change. As architects and engineers, our building design choices play a large role in whether or not this goal is attainable. Carbon reductions at such a scale are only possible through drastic decreases or elimination of fossil fuel use in most sectors of the economy.
As the electricity sector becomes cleaner through increased use of renewables and smart grid technologies, it provides a pathway to transition from fossil fuel use to electricity in new buildings. This presentation will provide an overview of the state of 80 x 50 today, the transformation to a clean grid, and advice for building designers on how to decarbonize designs through electrification.