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Carbon in Construction

March 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm EST

With Architecture 2030 targets in place and the US rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, carbon emissions are on a global stage and we have an exciting March presentation to help us understand how construction can be a solution.

Join the CSI Grand Rapids chapter for a lunchtime presentation from Stacy Smedley Director of Sustainability SKANSKA USA / Executive Director Building Transparency about carbon in the built environment and the role we can play as architects, specifiers, contractors, and product manufacturers.

Globally, embodied carbon is responsible for 11% of annual GHG emissions and 28% of building sector emissions. As operational energy efficiency increases, the impact of embodied carbon emissions in buildings will become increasingly significant. We cannot meet climate goals without also eliminating embodied carbon emissions by 2040. (Architecture 2030)

Learning Objectives:

1.    Attendees will be able to define embodied carbon and the importance of reducing its emissions through the careful selection of building materials and products.
2.    Attendees will be able to identify specific steps that architects and contractors can take to reduce the embodied carbon emissions associated with their projects.
3.    Attendees will understand how the EC3 tool supports carbon reduction needs.
4.    Attendees will be able to measure and compare embodied carbon reductions per material category.

About the Speaker:

Stacy has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington, and 15 years in the architecture and construction professions. At Skanska, Stacy leads sustainable initiatives and opportunities and is considered a subject matter expert in LEED and Living Building Challenge certifications, with a passion for reducing materials toxicity and carbon emissions associated with construction. She is the co-creator of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3), an industry-wide, open-source tool for quantifying and reducing the carbon of building materials.

Stacy Smedley

Thank you to this month’s sponsor, BASF!

RSVP must be received by noon on March 10. Zoom meeting details will be sent within 24 hours of RSVP