Carnegie Mellon University, NK Architects, Passive House Western PA, and Green Building Alliance welcome Zachary Semke, who will present “Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Jevons Paradox?”
Passive House design and construction promises that buildings can be part of the climate solution: build super-efficient structures, add renewable generation, and buildings can help restore climate balance. But are we fooling ourselves? Doesn’t the Jevons Paradox prove that energy efficiency measures increase consumption? Isn’t it inevitable that oil/gas/coal companies will extract everything from the earth and burn it anyway? Drawing on environmental economics literature, the latest renewable energy data, and research by three of the world’s leading investment firms, Zack will unpack these angst-causing notions.
Zack Semke is the keynote for the North American Passive House Conference in Philadelphia, but he’ll be presenting this intriguing topic at no cost to our local audience in Pittsburgh on September 21. This presentation will be hosted inCMU’s College of Fine Arts, Room 214, and advanced registration is not required.