H06 - There's No Need to Shy Away from Whole Building LCA

Friday, November 22 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM | B314 « Back

Abstract Text:

Embodied carbon, the emissions from making the materials of our built environment, is a larger source of global warming than we thought. And getting to zero by 2050 to avert our 1.5-degree tipping point means reducing embodied carbon is more urgent than ever. Luckily many of the tools and expertise are here to tackle embodied carbon head on, but they aren't widely used or understood by the building community. This instructive session get people started. Collective deep expertise of a sustainability consultant, a structural engineer, an owner and architect, and director of the Carbon Leadership Forum will instruct the group and draw from the CLF "LCA Practice Guide," the ASCE/SEI "WBLCA Reference Building Structure and Strategies," and other seminal documents. The last 45 minutes will consist of WBLCA tools "speed-dating" where participants will rotate through tables with WBLCA tool providers (3x 15mins, choosing from 5 different tool tables) for hands-on demonstrations and Q&A.

This presentation is one of four "carbon smart" building sessions that tell a coordinated story connecting the importance of embodied carbon as part of a comprehensive climate solution for the built environment and demonstrating tangible knowledge and actions that can be taken today. This session addresses #2 of the following sequence
1. Carbon Smart Building strategy and collective impact (connecting global actions for greatest impact)
2. There's No Need to Shy Away from Whole Building LCA (an overview of data, tools, issues and options for practitioners)
3. Embodied Carbon – It Takes a Village (a deep dive into the open source embodied carbon calculator EC3)
4. Bring the Carbon Home – Cities as Carbon Sinks (intensive look at carbon sequestering material options) This session is sponsored by ICC

Learning Objectives:

Recognize the steps for any project team member to embark on using WBLCA tools to calculate and reduce the embodied carbon of their buildings.

Identify which LEED project team members should make key decisions for sustainable products to embody the life cycle of materials needed for the project

Know which WBLCA tools to use and LCA-based decision making, spurred by market transformation and improved when and how using LEED v4 MR credits.

Define the Reference Building for comparative WBLCA in LEED v4 BD+C and ID+C

Learning Level:





GBCI Credit Hours:
1.5 GBCI
AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 AIA
LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, LEED Specific: ID+C
Well/LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, LEED Specific: ID+C
IDCEC hours:

Education Tracks: Building Performance

Event Type: Conference Session > Session