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TSA Technical Series: Embodied Carbon in Building Materials

Tue, Nov 3/20 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Embodied Carbon in Building Materials is a webinar on the topic of embodied carbon, which will account for almost half of the total new construction emissions globally between now and 2050. Despite this massive contribution to global CO2 emissions, embodied carbon in building materials is often ignored.

So why does embodied carbon matter, and what design strategies and tools exist to reduce embodied carbon in building materials?

During this 1.5 hour session, building life cycle assessment consultant Anthony Pak will share an overview of embodied carbon in the building industry, including:

  • Why embodied carbon matters
  • How embodied carbon compares with operational carbon
  • Policies and standards that address embodied carbon
  • Comparison of LCA software tools
  • Design strategies to reduce embodied carbon (concrete, steel, wood, aluminum, glass, insulation, refrigerants, MEP systems, interiors)

The event is free for TSA members who use the discount code found in the TSA's October 14 e-bulletin. For non-TSA members, the price of admission is $10. (Not a TSA member yet? You can join here. Student memberships are free.)

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This technical lecture is part of the Building, Technology, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Series, a collaboration between the Toronto Society of Architects and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. The series brings affordable, timely, and relevant knowledge, skills, and tools to the profession as we work together to address the climate crisis.

OAA MEMBERS: When registering, please include your full name as registered with the OAA to ensure your certificate of participation is credited properly. Please also include an email address you check frequently to ensure you receive our certificate in a timely manner.

Anthony Pak is the principal at Priopta, a life cycle assessment (LCA) consulting firm that is one of the first in North America to offer a custom parametric LCA service for new construction projects. He is also the founder of CLF Vancouver — the first local hub of the Carbon Leadership Forum — which organizes local events that empower building industry professionals to champion the topic of embodied carbon on their projects and within their firms. Since April 2019, CLF Vancouver has inspired over 25 other cities to start CLF local hubs. Anthony now also serves as the regional hub director, supporting local hubs across western North America and Asia-Pacific. He is a professional engineer with a Masters in Industrial Ecology from NTNU, which is a leading LCA research group in Norway.

This lecture has been made possible thanks to the support of Rockwool and Tremco.