We view the need to reduce carbon emissions from our built environment as an exciting challenge that has the power to unite people across a diverse range of backgrounds and experience. Buildings are responsible for nearly half of all carbon emissions in the United States, and this also means that as architects we have a large role to play in solutions to our climate crisis.


Carbon Neutrality

Since 2002, Architecture 2030 has been working to "rapidly transform the built environment from the major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to a central part of the solution to the climate and energy crisis," with a goal that by 2030 all new construction and major renovations will be carbon neutral. Precipitate is a proud signatory of the AIA 2030 Commitment.


Energy use is the major contributor to carbon emissions from buildings. We work toward net-positive energy design and consulting, specifically utilizing passive design as a tool to reach carbon neutrality in a cost-effective manner. We address additional aspects of design that play a role, including water, materials, transportation access, and landscape. 

We are committed to helping our clients take steps toward carbon neutrality at the scale of individual projects, and help them plan most effective steps toward future carbon neutrality for their communities and campuses. We believe this starts with benchmarking existing conditions, so we start our projects by gathering information about site and program needs, and recent energy bills as well.

Precipitate is dedicated to using REGENERATIVE ARCHITECTURE & SYSTEMS THINKING to solve the climate crisis. The work we do in our office every day is a collective response to an imminent need for action. We march today with the Global Climate Strike to push for solutio...

Precipitate is elated to announce that we're growing and warmly welcome Janneke Schaap to the team! When asked what she does, she'll drop "energy and climate change avoidance architecture" on you, then passionately engage in a conversation about what that means. 


The Macalester College Sustainability Advisory Committee is celebrating ten years of campus sustainability leadership! The College has ambitious environmental goals, including Climate Neutrality by 2025 and Zero Waste by 2020.

Elizabeth was a Research Assistant for the Salovich Zero Plus Campus Design Project at the University of Minnesota from 2010-2011. The project explored the potential for the Campus to become net-positive in terms of energy and water consumption and serve as a living la...

Elizabeth teaches the capstone course for the Sustainability Studies minor at the University of Minnesota, SUST4004: Sustainable Communties, with Amir Nadav. She lectures on systems thinking, resilience, and design thinking, and coaches students on how to work effectiv...

Four practices impacting campus carbon neutrality are increasingly common at Colleges and Universities in the United States: faculty and students are engaging in hands-on sustainability curriculum, facilities personnel are analyzing campus energy consumption data, admi...

The Campus Resilience Game helps players to quickly understand the benefits of an integrated approach to planning in meeting multiple demands that campuses face while being resilient to unknown events. It is conducted as a workshop on campuses, and our team has present...

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