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Sustainable Structures Webinar - Better Design Through Embodied Carbon

  • January 13, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Better Design Through Embodied Carbon

Date: January 13, 2021

Time: Noon – 1:00 pm CST

Presenter: Emily Lorenz, PE

Credits: 1 PDH and/or 1 AIA CES LU/HSW (AIA Course #MCC011321)

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Description: Now that architects have a good understanding of environmental impacts related to energy use, the next design frontier in tackling climate change is reducing the embodied carbon in buildings. This live webinar will focus on best practices for determining the embodied carbon in a building, including credible sources for embodied carbon data. It will introduce common practices and misconceptions about comparisons of embodied carbon. A case study will be presented that highlights how design decisions may be influenced when comparing among up-front carbon, use-phase carbon, or whole-life carbon. The presentation will highlight existing tools related to quantifying embodied carbon.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1.    Participants will be able to identify credible sources for embodied carbon data.
  • 2.    Participants will learn instances when the embodied carbon of systems should not be compared.
  • 3.    Participants will understand pitfalls related to short-cuts or estimates of embodied carbon.
  • 4.    Participants will learn how to determine the embodied carbon in their buildings.

Speaker Bio: Emily Lorenz, PE, is an independent consultant in the areas of LCA, EPDs, PCRs, green building, and sustainability. She serves as an engineer in the areas of green structures and practices, energy efficiency, thermal properties, and moisture mitigation. Lorenz also specializes in green building code and standard work and advocacy.

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