May 2021

Wed12May12:00 pm1:00 pmDecarbonization—An Open Invitation12:00 pm - 1:00 pm America/Denver Zoom Meeting

Event Details

This AIA Colorado event sheds light on the building sector’s contributions to CO2 emissions and explores material impact.

About this Event

This AIA Colorado webinar introduces the role that building materials play in greenhouse gas emissions. Presenters will investigate the current climate crisis, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) goals established in 2015.

The building sector’s contribution to world greenhouse gas emissions is broken down into operational carbon and embodied carbon, including utilization of heavy-timber construction to reduce the embodied carbon of the structural system. In this session, we’ll delve into the challenges of reducing operational and embodied carbon in our buildings and investigate results on an archetype study. We’ll examine seven cases involving three structural systems, focusing on the global warming potential for each. We will also explore a range of embodied carbon building systems (beyond structural) and conclude with the concept of “whole-building, life-cycle assessments.”

In this session, attendees will:

  • learn how to start a conversation about embodied carbon;
  • understand implications of embodied carbon in structural systems and building envelope; and
  • become familiar with tools and resources to reduce embodied carbon.


Gregory R. Kingsley, PhD, PE, is the president and CEO of KL&A Inc., Engineers and Builders in Golden, Colorado. The 90-person firm includes structural engineers, civil engineers, land surveyors, steel detailers, and construction managers. Kingsley enjoys working with design architects on innovative structures, particularly wood.

Victoria Herrero-Garcia is a senior sustainability and carbon project manager for Ambient Energy. She enjoys initiating embodied carbon conversations with design teams early in design and helps develop sustainability strategies to achieve carbon reductions. Herrero-Garcia is co-chair of the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) Rocky Mountain Hub. In September of 2020, she was featured as the carbon expert of the month for One Click LCA, a tool to complete whole-building life-cycle analysis.

This session has been approved  for 1.0 AIA/CES HSW.


(Wednesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm America/Denver


Zoom Meeting


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Brenda Taylorbrenda@aiacolorado.org