"Approachable and deeply informative, this book should be required reading for industry professionals."
-Stacy Smedley, Building Transparency
"You will never design or build a building in the same way again."
-Victoria Kate Burrows, World Green Building Council
With a healthy dose of optimism, the authors illustrate a hopeful and potentially very real world where we in the building industry can mitigate climate change.
-Alissa Kingsley, AIA KnowledgeNet
Hi, My name is chris magwood
I'm obsessed with helping reverse climate change by making carbon-storing buildings that are also healthy, beautiful, efficient and inspiring!
The sum total of all I've learned about building positively for people and the climate is in my new book, Build Beyond Zero.
Plus you get the wisdom of my wonderful co-author, Bruce King too!
"A profound yet very doable climate action plan for the building industry. They present a smorgasbord of solutions available for use today to help move the industry from climate villain to climate hero."
-Kirsten Ritchie, Principal, Gensler
"Mixing humor and deep knowledge, King and Magwood sketch out a compelling story of how humans can transform their built environment. Down to earth and visionary."
-Jerry Brown, former Governor of California
There is much to love in this book. It will give the general read an understanding of the issues, but it will have many lightbult moments for professionals and will give them a new language.
-Lloyd Alter, Treehugger
My Latest Research
With my wonderful colleagues at Builders for Climate Action, I've been involved in four recent studies that examine the climate impact of new home construction materials.
The "embodied carbon" of materials has often been neglected or downplayed, but these studies reveal the extent of the issue and show how real, practical and affordable steps can be taken to quickly reduce and eventually eliminate these emissions altogether.
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For over 20 years, I have been presenting to audiences small and large, professionals and laypeople. I love inspiring, challenging and sharing my sustainable building knowledge with people in Canada and around the world!
Check out my latest presentation.