Carbon Leadership Forum Session Part I: Introduction to Embodied Carbon
This course will provide attendees with foundational knowledge of embodied carbon in building materials. We will begin by reviewing the global environmental impact of embodied carbon in construction, and then discuss strategies for how it can be measured, compared, and reduced. The course will identify key impact areas and building systems, and describe best practices for project teams to reduce the embodied carbon of these components. We will cover the tools and resources available to inform decision-making and evaluate embodied carbon content, such as Environmental Product Declarations, Life Cycle Analysis tools, and industry established benchmarking data. Lastly, the course will provide participants with current and anticipated codes and frameworks related to reducing embodied carbon in construction.
- Acquire knowledge of embodied carbon’s role in construction industry emissions
- Recognize which building systems and components typically have the highest embodied carbon and what alternatives are available to reduce it
- Learn how to integrate embodied carbon tools and resources into future projects and product selections
- Understand how local and regional policies are shaping embodied carbon and learn what this means for future projects