Eco Architecture: using nature as a model

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An example of Freed’s work through the firm organicARCHITECT

By Nicole Cox, Communications Fellow

Next week we’ll have a special guest, Eric Freed, one of the country’s leading green architects. Eric Freed is the final guest speaker in Utah Clean Energy’s Trailblazers of Clean Energy lecture series, which highlights environmental leaders with revolutionary ideas on how to address the challenges of global warming.

Meet him, get to know him, hear what he has to say! He’ll be here Thursday, November 5th to pitch the importance of thinking outside the concrete box when it comes to how we build.

Green or Eco Architecture is geared towards developing infrastructure that minimizes energy use and environmental damage in order to create as little impact on the natural world. This style often turns to nature for inspiration and replicates natural systems, known as biomimicry. One example of biomimicry in architecture is the use of ultra violet spider web-like features placed into windows that prevent birds flying into the windows, saving the lives of many birds. The S. J. Quinney Law building has this feature in their windows.

“There are many opportunities within architecture to make sustainable choices—from materials to systems to occupant strategies,” says Myron Willson, deputy chief sustainability officer at the U and LEED-certified architect. “Buildings that push the envelope in terms of efficiency and sustainability have the potential to provide long-term financial savings, reduce use of natural resources, and contribute fewer emissions.”

Freed is a  leader of green architecture, and throughout his career has been named “Best Green Architect,” “Best Visionary,” and “Green Visionary”; his firm has been recognized as one of the “Best Green Architecture Firms” and a “Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects.” Interested in learning more about Eric’s ideas before his lecture? Check out his recent Tedx talk at the University of Pennsylvania: “Zero or nothing: Designing for the post-carbon economy“.

Freed at TEDxPenn

If you’re more of the reading type, Eric is also the author of several books, including: Green$ense for the Home, and Green Building and Remodeling for Dummies.

We look forward to seeing you all at the lecture.

Speaker Series Details:
Time: 7:00-8:00 pm
Location: S.J. Quinney College of Law 383 S University Street,
Cost: $5per event for non-students, free for students with registration code USUSTAIN
Tickets: http://utahcleanenergy.org/

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