IS07 - The Time Value of Carbon

Tuesday, November 7 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM | 252AB « Back

Abstract Text:

This session will emphasize the 'time value of carbon', the critical need to ensure that global emissions peak by 2020 and fossil fuels be phased out by 2055, and highlight actions that architects, engineers and others in the building industry can take now to help us meet these ambitious targets.

We need strategies that produce large savings fast. Research shows that greenhouse gas emissions that occur before we occupy buildings from extracting and manufacturing building materials, often termed 'embodied carbon', are more critical than commonly believed. Efforts to date to mitigate climate change in the building sector have focused on operational energy with the current gold standard being new, zero-net carbon buildings. This is a critical step to realize a carbon neutral built environment, but there is a problem; constructing these new buildings will generate a lot of emissions. Even though net zero energy buildings don't add operating emissions, they still come with a large carbon footprint.

This session will expose the often hidden embodied carbon footprint as a critical piece in the realization of carbon neutral buildings and suggest how we can bring the attention of the building sector to embodied carbon.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion, participants will be able to understand the scientific basis for time-based targets for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions.

Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize embodied carbon's impact on a building's carbon footprint and how emissions targets can be met through reducing both operational and embodied energy.

Upon completion, participants will be able to describe new building sector initiatives for catalyzing actions to reduce embodied carbon and how they can participate.

Upon completion, participants will be able to identify design strategies to accomplish the lowest total carbon building.

Learning Level:

Level 200 – Understanding/Comprehension


GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU|HSW
IDCEC hours:

Event Type: International Summit > Session