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A Call to Action: New Professional Titles Emerge to Reduce Housing’s Carbon Footprint

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A Call to Action: New Professional Titles Emerge to Reduce Housing’s Carbon Footprint

Industry leaders are employing the help of climate experts to discover and implement more climate-conscious building practices


March 16, 2023
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With the climate crisis worsening, real estate designers, developers, and contractors are being forced to find more environmentally friendly approaches to residential construction. The built environment produces 40% of all global carbon dioxide emissions each year, but the introduction of new climate-centric professional titles is one potentially proactive approach to addressing and reducing the building industry’s carbon footprint in the years to come, Forbes reports.

For example, as Director of Biomimicry at Toronto, Ont.-based B+H Architects, Jamie Miller is responsible for finding ways to replicate designs and systems from the natural world in manmade environments, and he’s not the only professional specializing in climate-conscious housing solutions.

At another Toronto firm, SvN Architects + Planners, Aaron Budd serves as the Director of Regenerative Practice, a new division focused on integrating architecture, landscape design and planning in a holistic, zero-carbon, circular and resilient community framework.

A response to the looming climate crisis, SvN’s Regenerative Practice is focused on limiting the risk to clients’ projects from future climate-related events. For Budd, the new role means establishing a firm-wide framework and understanding of how to go beyond sustainable design to incorporate human and ecosystem health.

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