Saab History Attends AIA Conference in Boston

Posted on 18. May, 2008 by in 2000-2009, Boston, Massachusetts

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As an entrepreneur who has had a longtime interest in both the world of architecture as well as the automobile, has attended for the first time, the AIA Convention. The AIA is the American Institute of Architects, the governing body for architects and designers in the United States, of which I have been a member since 1999. This year, this convention conveniently has taken place in Boston, Massachusetts, ironically the same state that Saab Owners Convention will be taking place later this year in August.

During my time at this convention over the past few days, I visited a number of product vendors in addition to attend a number of seminars. The subject matter of a lot of these seminars have a lot of analagous principles in terms of energy use, sustainability and making the leap to zero carbon emissions in both the architectural as well as the automotive industries.

Here are the seminars I attended, can you see the similiar subject matter discussions that transcend both industries?

Thursday – May 15th, 2008

7:00AM – 8:00AM Daylighting Obstacles and Opportunities
8:15AM – 10:00AM Sustainable Design
3:00PM – 4:00PM Autodesk Autocad / Revit Training
4:00PM – 5:30PM TH66 Have You Been to An Architecture School Lately?

Friday – May 16th, 2008

8:15AM – 9:45AM Geothermal Systems: An Alternative Energy
10:00AM – 11:30AM Urban Security in the 21st Century
2:00PM – 3:30PM Z Squared: The New Green Office (Zero Energy Use : Zero Carbon Emissions)
4:00PM – 5:30PM The Leap to Zero Carbon
6:00PM – 7:00PM Going Green; What Should You Do?

Saturday – May 17th, 2008

8:15AM – 9:45AM Solar And Wind Power

Out of all of the experiences I had at this convention, the most memorable one involved the “Urban Security in the 21st century” which relates to the building security seminar I hosted at the House of Sweden back in 2006 as well as the final seminar, “Solar and Wind Power” which reminded me of Saab Automobile’s attempted use of both the solar powered battery system as well as the solar powered cabin fan systems in their 9-X BioHybrid and EV-1 concept cars respectively.

In addition, I find it very important to continue to illustrate the pie chart that many of us have been getting more and more familiar with, that is the output by industry in the United States of our carbon output.

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48% Buildings / 27% Transportation / 25% Industry

I am excited about having a foot in both industries, much like an architect in the U.K. does, I can contribute by doing my part to reducing these percentages over time. Let’s remember, the AIA wants to reduce the buildings equation to zero carbon emissions by 2030 and Sweden as a country wants to reduce their carbon output in all industries by 2020. While some may think these are lofty goals, they are imperative for our global sustainability.

So what are the United States goals as well as Saab Automobile’s and General Motors?

In the United States, we must look beyond the current administration in order to see results. Today, some future candidates offer an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050 as their plan. In terms of General Motors, they plan to reduce carbon output in all of their automobiles by only 30 percent in the next 15 years according to bloomberg news which would be 2023, three years after Sweden eliminates it. In addition GM promises a reduction by 40% carbon emissions in all of their buildings by just 2010 according to Treehugger.com

So what can we do as an individual to reduce our carbon footprint right now? I urge you to check out the Carbon Footprint website for more information, your local and state government representative and if you are a Saab owner or enthusiast, your local Saab representative at your dealership for more information as to when their hybrid vehicles will be in production.

I found that attending this convention for the first time, yielded me a highly educational and impressive experience overall about not only the state of the environmental approaches to the build environment, but the transportation industry as well.

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