As evidenced in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) released on August 9, 2021, the world’s climate scientists overwhelmingly agree – the climate is changing and we humans are causing it by adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. And even if we stopped adding any greenhouse gases right now, the planet will continue to warm in the next couple of decades, and that sea levels are going to rise for the next 50 years. That’s actually the optimistic view. Scary, right?
The good news is that TLC Engineering Solutions has been aware of these trends for more than 30 years, as the IPCC’s first assessment report came out in 1990. Since then, our team has taken the initiative to help our clients to respond to these changes – both to make your buildings more sustainable and resilient, but also to take steps to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with constructing and operating your buildings.
TLC Engineering Solutions is taking leadership roles across our industry in helping develop the tools. We have adopted and are evolving/expanding processes and approaches to reduce the building industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, which actually are larger than those of the transportation sector – in fact, there are even things we are doing to help speed the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector! TLC was an early adopter of the Architecture 2030 Challenge and one of the first engineering firms to join the AIA’s 2030 Commitment – we have been submitting information on energy use intensity of our design projects since the Commitment started accepting them in 2012. We are actively involved in the development of the SE2050 Commitment as well, and present on those topics to raise awareness in our industry.
Here are some of the design professionals at TLC who are taking those leadership roles – if you have questions about their work and the initiatives they are working on, please click the subject matter link above their photos to send them an email message with your question.