The Getting to Zero Forum, co-hosted by New Buildings Institute and RMI, is the premier event dedicated to building decarbonization. The upcoming 2024 Forum will take place May 21-23 in Charlotte, North Carolina. To learn more about the event, visit our About the Forum page.
How to submit:
- Review the submission guide prior to starting work on your submission.
- When you are ready to submit, you can do so using our submission platform.
- You can make changes to your submission until the deadline of October 6, 2023.
Submissions will be reviewed by a group of independent program advisors. Submitters can be expect to be notified of the status of their proposals in December 2023 or January 2024.
Questions? Contact Leada Fuller-Marashi at [email protected].
This year’s program will feature several different presentation types and submitters should choose the style of presentation. Session types include:
Panel Presentation: Panels presentations will be combined to create a full panel session. Panel sessions will include approximately three (3) individual panel presentations on a related theme to tackle challenges that will disrupt the status quo or offer breakthroughs in cost-effective, replicable solutions. Panels will be facilitated by a moderator identified by NBI and concluded with 10-15 minutes of Q&A.
Solutions Lab: Experimental learning environments on specialized topics. Built to explore issues in greater depth, these information-intensive sessions are aimed to provide tactical knowledge of how-to’s and actionable steps. Attendees should leave with a list of tools, resources, and/or action plans in hand. For a solutions lab, you must have a full 90-minute session to propose.
Charrette: Facilitators will introduce the theme and set up problem statements for discussion. Grouped participants will be assigned one problem statement for discussion and interactive solution-finding. For a charrette session, you must have a full 90-minute session to propose.
- Building demand flexibility
- Buildings as grid assets
- Grid signals and controls
- Managed and bi-directional EV charging
- Grid implications of electrification
Codes and Policy:
- Existing building performance standards
- Code and policy roadmaps to zero carbon buildings
- Equity centered policy development practices and outcomes
- Local, state, regional, and federal level policies
- Equitable electrification
- Leading technologies and trends, particularly for existing buildings
- The building/vehicle nexus
- High priority building types and end uses
- Health and air quality and appliance regulations
- Cutting embodied carbon in products – strategies, tools, datasets, and product alternatives and efficiencies
- Building embodied carbon reduction strategies – reuse, product selection, construction, end-of-life, and whole carbon accounting
- Accounting and disclosing carbon emissions through the life-cycle
- Voluntary and regulatory policies and programs for embodied carbon
- Measuring and reporting at building, portfolio, corporate, and community levels
Funding and Financing:
- Value propositions for tenants, owners, and developers
- Encouraging developer and homebuyer interest with unique funding models: incentives, rating agency approaches, interest rates, etc.
- Leveraging public sector and private sector funding opportunities and navigating complexities
Tackling Existing Buildings:
- Success strategies for decarbonizing affordable housing
- Strategies highlighting co-benefits of resiliency, health, and productivity as decision drivers
- Scaling existing building retrofits
- Solutions for unique or challenging climates
- Real life examples of mistakes made and lessons learned
Transforming the Market:
- Ensuring an equitable transition for low-income households
- Increasing market share by scaling technologies and manufacturing while controlling costs
- Innovative and community-centered programs driving speed and scale
- Workforce development and training
- Transitioning portfolios to carbon neutral