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Annie Savage and Erin Heidelberger Speak at Urban Design Forum Roundtable on Embodied Carbon

The KPF Director and Environmental Performance Analyst discussed the importance of circular design at “Cutting Down Carbon,” a roundtable discussion hosted by UDF on February 7.

In light of New York City’s increased regulation to curb buildings’ operational emissions, and efforts to transition the electricity grid to renewable sources, the panelists of the Urban Design Forum’s roundtable explored a complementary approach: designing to account for a building’s embodied carbon. The group spoke about strategies including the reuse of existing materials, specifying bio-based materials, and carbon sequestration.

Annie discussed KPF’s approach at One Madison Avenue, an adaptive reuse project overlooking Madison Square Park for which she serves as Senior Designer. The transformation updates the existing mid-century podium and adds a Class-A office tower above. The KPF team was able to retain 67% of the building’s original structure. The redesign is forecast to result in an energy reduction of over 60% against the AIA 2030 Commitment baseline.

As a member of KPF’s Environmental Performance Team, Erin works closely with design teams to set ambitious goals and benchmarks for projects and utilizes an evidence-based design approach to meet them. With a special focus on measuring and reducing embodied carbon, her work supports KPF’s environmental mission through minimizing the global impacts of KPF projects.

Annie and Erin were joined by Kaja Kühl of youarethecity, Amy Seek of Stantec, Jonce Walker of HLW, and Sofía Zuberbühler-Yafar of the NYC Department of Design and Construction.

The event was held on February 7 from 6 to 8 PM at HLW, 5 Pennsylvania Plaza in New York. Register here.