Launched in 2011, Vision 2020 is Hanley Wood’s “ongoing project that seeks to set and track critical metrics and milestones by which housing must adjust its business-as-usual paradigm.” Though focused on housing, many aspects of Vision 2020 are applicable throughout the building industry — and yet another way to get exposed to a bit of inspiration and thought leadership that’s happening in our wonderful world of green building.
As a judge for this year’s Hanley Award, I was invited to the Vision 2020 Summit, which was held in October 2013 in Washington, D.C., and included a dinner giving the 2013 Hanley Award to Dennis Creech of Southface. Hanley Wood’s writeup of this event was released in their EcoHome Winter 2013 edition, and I’ve combined some of its highlights and my takeaways below in the hopes that you enjoy them as much as I did.
CATCH-UP – If you don’t want to flip through the entire edition above, you might be interested in just learning more about Vision 2020 effort, who this year’s 10 thought leaders were, and what critical change we must make between now and 2020.
TIMELINE – The Vision 2020 folks aren’t just talking about progress, they’re attempting to measure it. Check out the timeline and key points that comprise Critical Steps to the Year 2020.
FAVORITES – There were 10 speakers at the Summit (and 10 resulting articles and presentation videos you can check out), but a few of my favorites are below:
- Building Design + Performance: Reboot the Industry for a New Operating System
- Tedd Benson, Bensonwood and Unity Homes
- Key Takeaway: Plan A is claw our way back. There is no Plan B. “Our buildings should be for improving people’s lives or what the heck are they for?”
- The beginning of Tedd’s talk was one of my favorites and likely worth your time.
- Materials + Products: Transparency is Just the Beginning
- Tom Lent, Healthy Buildings Network
- Key Takeaway: Transparency will be the norm by 2020, but we need to be careful of unintended consequences.
- Codes, Standards + Rating Systems: Increase Focus on Operations and Occupancy
- Mark Frankel, New Buildings Institute
- Key Takeaway: Could occupants be any LESS accountable than they are already? “If you require it, they will come.”
- Energy Efficiency + Building Science: From Foundations to Ridgelines, Market Demands New Thinking
- Dennis Creech, Southface
- Key Takeaway: We will lose the energy game if we don’t advocate at the state level for efficiency, conservation, solar, and wind.
- Water Efficiency: Urban Innovations Require Rethinking & Reuse
- Paula Kehoe, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
- Key Takeaway: Water reuse is happening at real scales in other municipalities. We need to catch-up!
Each of the above and the other speakers below have a video and written presentation on the Vision 2020 site.
- Building Design: Allison Ewing, Hays + Ewing Studio
- Building Science: Mark LaLiberte, Construction Instruction
- Sustainable Communities: John Norquist, Congress for the New Urbanism
- Indoor Environmental Quality: Marilyn Black, GreenGuard/UL Environment
- Economics + Financing: Robert Sahadi, Institute for Market Transformation
Mark LaLiberte shared a nice John Ruskin quote that hopefully reminds us why we do what we do – on multiple levels:
When we build, let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, “See! This our fathers did for us.”