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Decarbonize Architecture: Mycelium Fungi as a Building Material

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    For today's architects to meet their ambitious sustainability goals toward net zero, new building materials that can sequester carbon emissions and replace petroleum-based products must rapidly enter the construction industry. In this session, we'll look at a case study where leaders in industrialized construction, composite manufacturing, and biomaterials technology joined Autodesk researchers. Together, they developed a carbon sequestering facade system by replacing the typical petroleum-based foam within fiberglass reinforced facade panels with mycelium fungi composites, a carbon-negative biomaterial. The session will describe the developmental journey from material research and performance validation to the use of Autodesk Forma and Autodesk Fusion 360 software to design the facade for a Californian housing development that meets sustainability, habitability, and construction project goals. Discover the rise of biomaterial building products and how today's construction companies are reducing their facade installation schedules with this approach.

    Key Learnings

    • Discover how novel sustainable materials are being researched and developed to meet building code requirements.
    • Learn about the leading building products for reducing a building envelope's total embodied carbon.
    • Learn about analyzing embodied carbon data to make trade-off decisions with net zero building materials.
    • Learn how you can improve sustainability, habitability, and construction performance by using novel building facades.