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Building a Vision of the Future

Buildings of the Future project concludes with final workshop in Washington, D.C.

July 2015
Building a Vision of the Future
Rolland Risser, Director of the DOE Buildings Technology Office, addresses the attendees of the Building of the Future Concluding Workshop.
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Planning for the future is important, and most people do it. We plan days, weeks, months, and even years ahead. But what about 100 years from today?

The Buildings of the Future research project—a joint one-year effort by the DOE's Building Technologies Office (BTO) and PNNL—culminated in a "concluding workshop" at the American Institute of Architects headquarters in Washington, D.C. on July 31, 2015. Nearly 100 experts representing 60 different organizations spent the day reviewing preliminary research findings and providing additional input and ideas for the future buildings vision being developed.

Since late 2014, the Buildings of the Future project team has organized several panel discussions and webinars to discuss different aspects of future buildings 100 years from now, covering everything from expected architectural developments and advanced building technologies to public health aspects and regulations for buildings. As a result of these expert panels, the project team developed a preliminary vision and characteristics of future buildings. At the concluding workshop, participants had the opportunity to review these preliminary findings, provide additional input, and suggest metrics and goals for the identified building characteristics.

In the opening plenary session, attendees heard key takeaways from past panel discussions, as well as keynote speeches by Roland Risser, BTO Director, and Chris Pyke, Vice President for Research at U.S. Green Building Council. A recording of the morning plenary session and other materials from the workshop are available on the Buildings of the Future project site.

Building on the valuable insights gained at the workshop, the Buildings of the Future project team will finalize its vision for what our buildings may be like 100 years from today. Research findings will be published in one or more peer-reviewed journal articles.

More information about the Buildings of the Future effort is available on the project website, or contact the project team with questions at

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