Embodied Carbon & The BEAM Estimator (1 LU|ZNCD)
The development and operation of the built environment is responsible for roughly 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions; approximately 13% of global emissions are due to the manufacturing and construction of building materials (embodied carbon). Further, those emissions are released prior to occupancy, and represent a key area for emission reduction to reach near-term sustainability goals. For architects to meet their building’s emissions targets, as well as take action on the impacts of their work, learning how to to think about, account for, and develop strategy for managing embodied carbon is as essential a skill as energy resource management.
Join Jacob Deva Racusin, Embodied Carbon Analyst and BEAM Trainer with Builders For Climate Action, as we explore the topic of embodied carbon from the perspective of the architect. We will also review the BEAM estimator, a new tool that is making it easier for architects, designers and builders to calculate, and therefore manage, the carbon impact of building materials. A Q&A session will provide opportunity to answer questions raised during the presentation.
About Our Presenter
Jacob Deva Racusin is an Embodied Carbon Analyst and BEAM Trainer with Builders For Climate Action, where he has been actively involved in embodied carbon research and development and training of the BEAM tool. He is Director of Building Science and Sustainability with New Frameworks Natural Design/Build, offering services in renovation, new construction, consultation, and education. As a consultant, designer, and educator, Jacob is able to merge his passions for ecological stewardship, relationship to place, and social justice. Jacob has authored two books and numerous articles, and regularly instructs on topics of building science and climate impact. An active member of the Carbon Leadership Forum, Jacob is engaged in code and policy development, professional training, and other initiatives supporting the transition to a more just industry.