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
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.
This session has been approved for 1.0 AIA/CES HSW.
(Wednesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm America/Denver