The Role of Building Emissions in Meeting Climate Change Goals: Architecture Professor Jonathan Bean Interviewed by KJZZ

Aug. 25, 2021

Jonathan Bean, assistant professor of architecture, sustainable built environments and marketing in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona, was interviewed by KJZZ on August 18, 2021 regarding how buildings must be taken into account as we determine how to meet climate change goals.

As cities in Arizona and across the country announce efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to stem the impact of climate change, they often leave out a critical component, according to Bean: "the buildings we're in."

In the interview, Bean notes that we must cut emissions from buildings in half by 2030 if we hope to get to a zero carbon future by 2050.

Listen to the full interview on KJZZ

Bean, who joined CAPLA in 2017, is a PHIUS Certified Passive House Consultant and serves on the board of the Passive House Alliance U.S. He also serves as scholarship chair for the Society of Building Science Educators. His architecture student teams have participated in the last four U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon Design Challenges, where they have developed the innovative SunBlock distributed district energy system concept. A faculty advisor for the Master of Science in Architecture Market Transformation Concentration, Bean’s research transits the fields of building technology and energy use, consumer research, human-computer interaction, architecture and design with a focus on taste and consumption. He holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley.


Jonathan Bean, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Sustainable Built Environments and Marketing


Interview with KJZZ Radio regarding the role of building emissions in meeting climate change goals.