Carbon Storing Buildings: Straw as a Climate Justice Solution
The combined crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, and social inequity present a great disruption in our industry that provides us with an opportunity to restructure how we develop the built environment. Building with short-cycle agricultural residues such as straw provide us the ability to bank carbon in our buildings, while also supporting regenerative agricultural and silvicultural practices and creating access to marginalized communities to both build and inhabit our buildings. In this presentation, we will look at theory, data, and case study showcasing the power of aligning agriculture, forestry, social equity, and construction to create opportunity out of disruption.
Jacob Deva RacusinDirector, New Frameworks Natural Design-Build
Jacob Deva Racusin is Director of Building Science and Sustainability with New Frameworks Natural Design/Build. As a consultant, designer, and educator, Jacob merges his passions for ecological stewardship, relationship to place, and social justice. Jacob is also an Embodied Carbon Analyst and BEAM Trainer and Co-Developer with Builders For Climate Action. Jacob has authored two books and numerous articles, and instructs on topics of building science and climate impact. An active member of the Carbon Leadership Forum, Jacob is engaged in code and policy development, professional training, and other initiatives supporting the transition to a more just industry.