July  21, 2020

Carbon Leadership Events & Webinars

Embodied Carbon 101 (Boston Society of Architects): Carbon accounting on Monday, July 27 from 3-4pm ET with moderator Lori Ferriss (Goody Clancy) and speakers Jacob Deva Racusin (New Frameworks Natural Design/Build) and Maggie Wildnauer (Sphera).

EC 101 (BSA): Certifications + Commitments: Overview on Monday, August 3  from 3-4pm ET with Karla Butterfield (Steven Winter Associates). Register

EC101 (BSA): Certifications + Commitments: A Deeper Dive on Monday, August 10  from 3-4pm ET with moderator Suni Dillard (HMFH Architects), and speakers Gwen Fuertes (Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects), Haley Gardner (ILFI), Michael Gryniuk (LeMessurier), and David Salamon (Re:Vision Architecture). Register

EC101 (BSA): Making the case on Monday, August 17  from 3-4pm ET with moderator Nadav Malin Hon (BuildingGreen) and speakers Kate Bubriski (Arrowstreet), Gunnar Hubbard (Thornton Tomasetti), Carole Wedge (Shepley Bulfinch), and Rachel White (Byggmeister). Register

EC101 (BSA): Process + firm culture on Monday, August 24  from 3-4pm ET with moderator Barbra Batshalom (Sustainable Performance Institute) and speakers Colin Booth (Placetailor), Steven Burke (Consigli), Amy Hattan (Thornton Tomasetti), Andrea Love (Payette), Kimberly Seigel (Perkins and Will). Register

CLF: Structures and Embodied Carbon.  This session will introduce global embodied carbon initiatives and resources focused on structural engineers. Speakers include Orlando Gibbons (Arup), Michael Gryniuk (LeMessurier), Mike Cook (Buro Happold), and Mark Webster (SGH). Topics to be discussed include the Carbon Leadership Forum, SE 2050 Challenge and Commitment, the "Achieving Net Zero Embodied Carbon in Structural Materials by 2050” paper recently published by ASCE through our SEI sustainability committee, and UK activity including IStructE’s “A Brief Guide to Calculating Embodied Carbon” paper, CETG, and other initiatives. Register

Recent Webinar Recordings

EC101 (BSA): Basic literacy, EPDs, and Structure. Recordings

ZGF Webinar: Understanding Concrete’s Carbon Footprint. Recording

MIT CSHub Recordings

CLF Webinar Recordings

CLF Event Information

Featured Upcoming Events (subject to change)

August 5-27: FTI World Congress, Virtual
August 19-21: Africa Green Building Summit, Accra, Ghana
August 25-28: NetZero Build Summit, Virtual
September 8-9: GoGreen Conference Seattle, Virtual
September 8 and September 22: Carbon Positive RESET!. Architecture 2030, Virtual
September 10 and 17, October 1 and 22: USGBC Greenbuild, Virtual

Recent News, Research, Resources, and Discussion

Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) news and media.

Athena Sustainable Materials Institute has added supplementary information on its website to accompany its free WBLCA tool. This information includes a primer about embodied carbon, an updated explanation of the LCA credits in green building programs, FAQs on WBLCA, and a new downloadable briefing note on WBLCA and embodied carbon.

Racism is built into US cities. Here’s how architects can fight back. In this short article, Kimberly Dowdell (HOK, NOMA) reflects on the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on black Americans and the architect’s responsibility to protect the public through design. Dowdell identifies important ideas that will allow us to move towards a solution: interdisciplinary expertise, best practices for a healthy built environment, and diversity of perspectives.

Team Zero (the Net Zero Energy Coalition) is calling all those in the US and Canada involved in zero energy home design and construction to register their projects on this website.

AIA Strategic Plan 2021-2025 places us in 2030 when the design community has succeeded in uniting, mobilizing, and innovating to overcome the climate crisis through design. This is made possible under the guiding assumptions of urgency, alignment, and collaboration. It will require emphasizing climate action, catalyzing equity, optimizing the role of the architect, revolutionizing research and technology, and rethinking architecture education.

Embodied carbon: structural sensitivity study, from IStructE. The study, intended to provoke discussion rather than provide design solutions, investigates a baseline six-story building designed with either a concrete, steel, or timber frame. The baseline schemes are manipulated by changing the structural arrangement, loading, column grid, material specification, foundation type, and structural system to investigate the impact on embodied carbon. The results show that material choice tends to have less impact on embodied carbon than concrete specification, grid choice, and loading.


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Written by Martin Torres
Edited by Fred Bernstein

This newsletter is meant to increase awareness and understanding of the important work being done to reduce embodied carbon in buildings. If there is something we missed or an emerging news story that should be on our radar, email

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Who We Are

  • The Carbon Leadership Forum accelerates transformation of the building sector to radically reduce the embodied carbon in building materials and construction.
  • We pioneer research, create resources, foster cross-sector collaboration, and incubate member-led initiatives to bring embodied carbon emissions of buildings down to zero.
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