LD03 - LEED v4.1 Decarbonization Workshop – Construction Materials

Tuesday, November 19 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | B211 « Back

Abstract Text:

How the buildings industry steps up to respond to the climate crisis will fundamentally shape the future for all people on planet earth. Buildings are a significant source of climate changing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which the green building industry must be on the forefront of curbing and eventually eliminating. The window between the years 2020 and 2030 is a critical one as it relates to climate change. Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions during this period will play a critical role in dictating whether the earth stays below the 2 C warming limit agreed to by the international community in the Paris Climate Accords. This fact is significant for the construction industry because GHG emissions from construction activities and embodied in the materials used to build buildings can, in certain circumstances, constitute a majority of the 10-15 year GHG footprint of a building. Irrespective of his fact, decarbonization of construction materials is a viable and scalable opportunity for project teams and can contribute to achievement of LEED certification. This session focuses on practical strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. The course will cover basics of GHG accounting and foot printing of construction materials and highlight tools and techniques to reduce GHG emissions in project specifications and how these reductions contribute to LEED BD+C and ID+C certification.

Learning Objectives:

Understand the integrated and cross cutting nature of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in buildings related to energy, materials, water and transportation

Be able to link decarbonization/GHG emissions reduction strategies to specific strategies in LEED

Understand materials embodied energy and the GHG emissions tradeoffs to be considered during project development

Gain awareness and understanding of tools like EC3 (the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator) and understand how they can help a LEED project achieve points towards certification

Learning Level:



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

Event Type: Workshop > Session