Toward Zero Carbon: The Chicago Central Area Decarobonization Plan

Images Publishing


Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill

  • This book presents the Chicago Central Area DeCarbonization Plan, a comprehensive vision for helping Chicago reach its carbon reduction goals in the citys famous downtown Loop.

    A holistic synthesis of architecture, energy engineering and urban design, the R+D Award-winning DeCarbonization Plan provides a roadmap for meeting the goals of the Chicago Climate Action Plan, which aims for a 25% reduction in carbon emissions from 1990 levels by 2020, and the 2030 Challenge, which sets a goal of 100% reduction in carbon emissions for new and renovated buildings by 2030.

    As part of the DeCarbonization Plan, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture developed a data model of more than 550 buildings in the Loop, including their energy use, size, age, use and estimated carbon footprint. The firm also developed another model that illustrates how various proposals would reduce the Loops carbon emissions. These tools combine with eight key strategies that aim to help Chicago live up to its goal of becoming one of the worlds greenest cities.

    The strategies address buildings, the urban matrix, energy, smart infrastructure, mobility, water, waste and community engagement, and each is explored in its own chapter in the book. Although designed for Chicago, the DeCarbonization Plan can be adapted to other cities, as well as corporate, university and medical campuses, making Toward Zero Carbon a case study for a major step in the direction of a sustainable future around the world. Sadhu Johnston, Deputy City Manager of Vancouver, believes that the DeCarbonization Plan will become a a model for cities around the world.

  • ISBN: 9781864704334

    Dimensions: 235mm x 235mm

    Page Count: 272

    Publication Date: Apr 2011

    Colour: Full Colour

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