October 20, 2020

Carbon Leadership Events & Webinars


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Global Passive House Happy Hour. Every Wednesday at 7pm EDT. Register

Absolute Zero: Construction Innovation Workshop on Thursday, October 29th from 9:30-12 (British Summer Time, GMT+1) led by UK FIRES co-investigator Teppo Felin, Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Said Business School in Oxford.

Recent Webinar Recordings


CLF Wood Carbon Seminars:
(1) Background and Basics, (2) LCA and Wood, (3) Tracking Carbon in North America, (4) Wood and the Building Industry, and Q&A. Recordings and Slides

Carbon Cure presents - Buildings Sequester Carbon: Repositioning the Building Industry, with Carl Elefante, President of the AIA

CLF: Structures and Embodied Carbon. Recording | Slides.

Embodied Carbon 101 (BSA): Basic literacy, EPDs, Structure, Envelope, MEP, Interiors, Procurement, Carbon Accounting, Certifications + Commitments: Overview and Deeper Dive, Making the Case, Process + Firm Culture. Recordings

CLF Event Information

CLF Webinar Recordings

Global Passive House Happy Hour Presentation Recordings

Featured Upcoming Events (subject to change)

October 22: USGBC Greenbuild: Global Health and Wellness Summit Virtual

October 23 - Last day for early registration for the Global Concrete Summit (starts on November 30). Use the Discount Code "CLF40" to get reduced registration fee.

November 10-12: Greenbuild Virtual

November 30 - December 10: Global Concrete Summit Virtual

Recent News, Research, Resources, and Discussion

Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) news and media.

How to calculate embodied carbon from Orlando Gibbons and John Orr with IStructE informs structural engineers and other building professionals about strategies and details behind accounting for embodied carbon in design. This is a valuable overview of common embodied carbon calculation practices; it covers ways to communicate, advocate, and engage with the project team about these ideas, and the importance of reporting carbon data to a database, while still acknowledging that carbon is only one component of sustainability.

Embodied carbon in construction materials: a framework for quantifying data quality in EPDs. Accurately tracking a building’s embodied carbon can be difficult. This paper investigates the need for more transparency behind impact data to enable fairer comparisons of EPDs. Tracking data variability and uncertainty in EPDs that stems from upstream data sources, verifying functional equivalence, and varied life-cycle scope between EPDs is essential to taking meaningful steps toward accurate embodied carbon accounting.

Bringing Building Materials to Life features the research of Wil Srubar, CLF Co-Chair and CAEE professor at CU Boulder. Srubar leads the Living Materials Laboratory that brings biochemistry, microbiology, materials science, and structural engineering to focus on how microorganisms can enhance our building materials with material growth, self-healing, bioluminescence, and environmental response.

Carbon Metrics: Assessing & Controlling GHG Emissions Across Scales is a collection of 14 excellent academic resources for understanding aspects of carbon policy.. These papers address such topics as geographically-specific GHG reduction strategies, stakeholders in carbon quantification, leveraging emissions targets to ensure meaningful outcomes, and how to set carbon targets.

Asia Pacific Embodied Carbon Primer builds on the World Green Building Council’s previous publication, Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront, with a regional focus, investigating topics like the CIC Carbon Assessment Tool, which launched September 2019 in Hong Kong. Asia-Pacific is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change with +8 of the 10 deadliest natural disaster events in 2018 occurring there. However, there is still a need to expand the conversation from operational carbon to embodied carbon. Asia Pacific is likely to be at the center of manufacturing growth on the global stage. This is an opportunity for the region to “futureproof competitiveness in a more accountable world.”

Nano-Infused Cements: Part of a Movement Towards Less describes another strategy for lowering the carbon impact of concrete that is being used on projects in North America. Because cement production is the main contributor to concrete’s carbon footprint, we must not only focus on using less cement, but also improving how it is made. One way to do this is to use modern internal curing technologies with nano-infused colloidal silica cement to maintain moisture and speed curing, reducing the need for additional cement to attain early strengths.

CLF now has regional hubs in Atlanta, Austin, Australia, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Denver/Boulder, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver, and Yellowstone. Join or start a regional hub now to help expand our network.


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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

About the Carbon Leadership Forum at the University of Washington

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.
  • We are architects, engineers, contractors, material suppliers, building owners, and policymakers who care about the future and take bold steps to eliminate embodied carbon from buildings and infrastructure.


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