AIA Taliesin Colloquium - Whole‐Building Life Cycle Assessment: New Conversations in Holistic Sustainability and Preservation
October 9-10, 2015, 6:00PM
Taliesin West - Scottsdale, AZ

Announcing the third AIA Taliesin Colloquium;
Taliesin West, October 9‐10, 2015

Sponsored and hosted by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation for the Historic Resources
Committee and the Committee on the Environment of the American Institute of Architects.

Whole‐Building Life Cycle Assessment:
New Conversations in Holistic Sustainability and Preservation

In 2015 there are new forces at play. Ed Mazria illuminated the next generation of the 2030
Challenge: the 2050 Roadmap. The central shift expands the program for sustainable
architecture beyond operational energy performance to include holistic energy and
environmental impacts by addressing full life‐cycle of buildings and the broader building
sector. 2015 is witnessing the launch of more holistic study of building materials. This is
manifested through materials study, the proliferation of Environmental Product Declarations
(EPD's), Health Product Declarations (HPD's), life‐cycle analysis (LCA), Cradle‐to‐Cradle
Certification (C2C), developments in LEED v4, and considerations in other green building
programs like the Living Building Challenge (LBC). Whole‐building life‐cycle assessment is
emerging as a tool.

Historic preservation architects have a unique perspective on the long‐term value of buildings,
understanding how different construction systems are durable and maintainable, and also what
makes buildings valuable over generations. While technical life‐cycle assessment methods
capture some as pects of long‐term value, the view of building life cycles takes a holistic
approach. Understanding full life‐cycle performance and impacts is critical for architects focused
on conserving existing and historic buildings and places. Perspective gained from preserving and
adapting buildings in service for decades, even centuries, adds to the appreciation of life‐cycle
performance and impacts. The development of whole‐building life‐cycle assessment has
occurred primarily in the context of building re‐use.

The program opens with an outdoor desert terrace reception followed by the keynote lecture on
Friday evening, October 9, 2015, followed by the night lights tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin
West. The program continues with presentations by speakers on Saturday morning, October 11,
2015. After lunch (included), attendees will meet in topical break‐out sessions for discussion.
Discussion groups will report back in assembly to close the day.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, has launched Energizing Taliesin West™, a pioneering effort
for a National Historic Landmark. The groundbreaking initiative will transform the property into
"net zero" energy customer, producing as much energy as it consumes annually, while
maintaining the historic and architectural integrity of the site. The comprehensive endeavor will
focus on maximizing energy efficiency (through improved lighting, insulation, climate controls
and other techniques) while generating clean renewable energy on‐site.

Learning units: Approximately 8 hours of continuing education units will be provided for AIA
members who attend.

Contact: Peyton Hall, FAIA, Past Chair, AIA Historic Resources Committee Advisors,, 626.793.2400 x 107.