Introduction by Bruce King, Founder & Director, Ecological Building Network


Architecture can actually remove excess carbon dioxide gas by deploying materials that solidify it from the atmosphere either by photosynthesis or carbonization.  Many of these products are available today and can also contribute to a critical drawdown solution of regenerating soil health.  This session will explore the use of these materials in an urban metropolis setting.




Introduction by Bruce King, Founder & Director, Ecological Building Network

Bruce King is the author of The New Carbon Architecture and Build Beyond Zero with Chris Magwood, and has been a structural engineer for 45 years, designing buildings of every size and type all over the world. He is also author of the ASTM standard for earthen construction, the Marin County Low-Carbon Concrete code, Design of Straw Bale Buildings, and other books.  He is also Founder and Director of the Ecological Building Network (EBNet), a non-profit information resource that is launching BuildWell Media to develop and disseminate free online video and teaching resources on climate-friendly building.

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Matthew O’Malia, Co Founder & Vice President, Timber HP

GO Lab founder and partner Matthew O’Malia is principal architect and co-founder of GO Logic and OPAL, an award-winning architecture firm with a nationwide reputation for innovation and expertise in the design of high performance residential and institutional buildings. A leader in Passive House design in the U.S. and named to Architect magazine’s Architect 50 list in 2018, Matthew is a frequent speaker at sustainable design conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

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Mattie Mead, Founder & CEO, Hempitecture

Matthew (Mattie) Mead is the founder and CEO of Hempitecture, a building materials manufacturer that uses biobased, carbon-capturing inputs to create healthier, high-performing products for a more sustainable planet. An Idaho-based, adventure-seeking entrepreneur, Mattie has a passion for re-envisioning the materials traditionally used in construction and beyond. On a mission to discover tangible solutions to the climate crisis, Mattie founded the Hempitecture concept in 2012 during his studies of architecture, environmental sciences, and entrepreneurship at Hobart College in Geneva, New York.

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Louis P. Grasso Jr., LEED AP, Lead Inventor of Pozzotive®

A Founding Partner of Urban Mining Industries, LLC and Chief Executive Officer of Urban Mining CT LLC, a licensed regional producer of Pozzotive®. Louis has over 35 years of experience combined in commercial construction and development Lead Inventor and in the manufacturing, marketing and distribution of masonry products. As the of Pozzotive® including several US Patents regarding Ground Glass Pozzolans for use in concrete, he has committed over 20 years of his professional career toward the commercialization of the product. Louis is responsible for new product and plant development, operations and ongoing efforts to educate the design, development and construction industries on the benefits of Pozzotive® and to strengthen the Pozzotive® brand.

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Traves W. Ogilvie, Business Manager, Aero Aggregates

Traves is the Composites Business Market Manager for Aero Aggregates. With a background in technical sales, marketing, and construction management, Traves brings nearly 30-years of building systems, engineering, and building products experience and industry expertise to the team. Traves worked with one of the leading global producers of expanded glass as the Director of Sales for the USA & Mexico for approximately 6 years prior to joining Aero. During these years, Traves worked together with some of the largest producers of Cementitious and Polymer based building products in North America providing technical support and participating in product development trials. Traves has been a member of the United States Green Building Council since 2009 and is a LEED BD+C (Building Design & Construction) Accredited Professional (AP).