HGA Purpose Statement

Built Systems are significant participants in the Nexus of Energy – Water – Food. All buildings worldwide combined use 40% of global energy, 25% of global water, 40% of global resources and are responsible for one third of global energy related greenhouse gas emissions. As global temperatures increase, the critical integration of built and natural systems rely on the application of transformational science and technology for improving existing greening and sustainability criteria to increase resilience and their interconnectedness with adaptation, mitigation and preparedness.

There is an urgency for providing the “How”. How to successfully implement integrated design, systems integrated building, a unique paradigm in adaptive construction practices. How to bring building into science through institutional knowledge transfer, proof of concept and critical review. How to persevere in the intuitive application of transformational, functional technologies, innovating advanced means and methods, developing unique applications of renewable energy systems, implementing efficient operational intelligence, incorporating climate risk management practices thereby effectuating resilience in building. How to revolutionize current building practices by applying this knowledge in the design, construction and commissioning process for more sustainable, resilient and smart built systems. How to continue finding innovative solutions for reducing energy consumption, mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and reducing consumption of all resources to begin to restore harmony with natural systems. How to share lessons learned, with this newly gained knowledge, to be a force multiplier by teaching others, not to be part of problem, but rather, to be part of the solution.