H12 - Can Your Spec Reverse Global Warming?

Friday, November 16 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM | 179 « Back

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According to experts, carbon emissions from the built environment need to peak within the next 15 years for Earth to have a chance of staying below the global warming tipping point. Within that same time period, 900 billion square feet (B ft2) of new buildings/major renovations will be constructed globally. The building sector is the world’s single largest emitter of Green House Gases (GHGs), accounting for 30-40% of total global GHG emissions. Although operational emissions account for more of a building's carbon footprint over its entire life, between now and 2050, half of the carbon footprint of that 900 B ft2 will be embodied carbon. To address this, manufacturers must reduce the carbon footprint of building products. This session will equip manufacturers, architects, designers, and other building industry professionals with specific and practical strategies for selecting products and materials that reduce embodied carbon emissions and move the industry toward making carbon-storing products the rule, rather than the exception. Learning from experts in climate-friendly design, product manufacturing and specification writing, participants will be empowered to ensure their daily work contributes to creating a climate fit for life.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to explain the challenge of addressing embodied carbon in building products and how it relates to reversing global warming .

Upon completion, participants will be able to identify the opportunities and barriers for addressing embodied carbon using LEED v4 and other green standards.

Upon completion, participants will be able to explain how leading designers, NGOs and manufacturers are addressing the challenge of embodied carbon.

Upon completion, participants will be able to use best practices, including new specification language and material selection tools, to select materials and products that help reverse global warming.

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Education Tracks: Materials

Event Type: Core Education Program > Session