Understanding Embodied Carbon
Due to growing climate change concerns, building professionals are increasingly challenged to prioritizing the decarbonization of the buildings they design, build, and operate. Carbon emissions from buildings include both operational carbon and embodied carbon. Until recently, emission reduction strategies have focused on operational carbon, but embodied carbon reduction is becoming increased important.
This session will give building professionals a deep understanding of this emerging issue and prepare them to address it on projects. Alan will define embodied carbon and why it is important, explain the difference between embodied and operational carbon, describe how embodied carbon is measured, and explore strategies for reducing the embodied carbon footprint of construction. He will also describe how embodied carbon reduction is reflected in sustainable building rating systems, and review tools available to calculate embodied carbon and manage the reduction process.
- Understand what embodied carbon is and why is it important to consider in building projects.
- Define what factors influence the embodied carbon of common building materials.
- Describe a range of design and construction strategies to reduce embodied carbon.
- Know how embodied carbon is measured and what tools are available to facilitate the accounting.
Registration includes access to all exhibits, education sessions on the show floor, keynotes and networking events.