D12 - Leveraging Epds to Build Lower Embodied Carbon Buildings

Thursday, November 15 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM | 179 « Back

Abstract Text:

Buildings – construction and operation – comprise one of the largest consumers of energy and sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. GHG emissions from buildings consists of the embodied carbon of materials and emissions from operations. Much attention has been paid on reducing operational energy but as the building operational energy reduces, the embodied energy, and embodied carbon, of the materials becomes more significant. The time is now to address the embodied carbon of building materials as rigorously as emissions from operations. By specifying materials with lower embodied carbon, architects, engineers and designers can take a key step in reducing the building’s overall climate impact. And as it turns out, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and their supporting LCA reports contain important data that can be leveraged to guide decisions leading to significant reductions in the greenhouse gases associated with these materials. This session will describe the approaches and best practices employed by building product manufacturers to reduce embodied carbon and how specifiers and building owners can take advantage of these insights.

Learning Objectives:

Understand the relative significance of building material choices, and how they contribute to the carbon footprint of a building, and how can contribute to LEED v4 BD+C, Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction, Option 4

Explain how LEED v4 BD+C Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Environmental Product Declarations’ LCA Report can be used to identify carbon neutral or reduced embodied carbon strategies

Understand the process, standards, and best practices for evaluating carbon neutral and reduced embodied carbon claims for building materials

Applying the learnings from LEED v4 BD+C, Life-Cycle Impact Reduction, Option 4 credit (whole building LCA) to specify products with reduced carbon or carbon neutral attributes

Learning Level:



GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD +C
Well/LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD +C

Education Tracks: Materials

Event Type: Core Education Program > Session