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Reducing Whole Life Carbon From Buildings – How And Why (1.5 LU|ZNCD)

In recent years the focus of climate-sensitive design has shifted from energy efficiency to tracking the carbon released into the atmosphere during the construction and operation of the built environment. Worldwide, buildings contribute 40% of the carbon emitted every year. As architects, engineers and building owners, our decisions can play a key role in mitigating climate change. This event will introduce concepts and tools for tracking and reducing whole carbon emissions.

This session will focus on tools, strategies, and workflows for reducing carbon emissions from buildings. Jack Rusk, Climate Strategist at EHDD, and Larry Strain, Founding Principal of Siegel & Strain Architects, will highlight free and easy-to-use tools currently available for estimating carbon emissions at all stages of design. The focus of the session will be on early project phases, where smart planning decisions can lead to major carbon reductions. Additionally, this session will discuss the new mandatory CalGreen requirements on embodied carbon that will come into effect in 2024.

About Our Speaker

Jack Rusk, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C is the Director of Climate Strategy at EHDD, an architecture firm with offices in San Francisco and Seattle. He works across projects at the firm to identify and implement climate positive design strategies. Jack also leads development of the Early Phase Integrated Carbon (EPIC) assessment, a web application for planning carbon reductions. Available for free and covering a range of carbon reduction measures, EPIC illustrates the potential for deep decarbonization in every project. Jack is a graduate of the Yale School of the Environment and the Yale School of Architecture. In the past few years, he has published or presented research on ecosystem restoration, life cycle impacts of bio-based materials, urban hazard risk, and decarbonization policy’s consequences for health and social equity.

Larry Strain, FAIA Member Emeritus is a founding Principal of Siegel & Strain Architects, an award winning firm focused on community projects and sustainable design. Larry has served on the boards of the Carbon Leadership Forum,  USGBC – Nor Cal Chapter and Ecological Building Network. He was on the research team for the CLF’s Embodied Carbon Benchmarking project and a founding member of the AIA Materials Knowledge Working group. 

Larry has been writing and speaking about materials, sustainable design, and  reducing the total carbon footprint of the built environment through reusing and upgrading buildings. For the last 3 years he has been working on developing the CARE Tool, an open access, web based tool for estimating the total carbon emissions of reusing and upgrading buildings compared to replacing them, managed by Architecture 2030. The tool was launched in February. https://caretool.org/


  • ReSourceful Specifications, guideline specifications for sustainable materials, 1996
  • Emeryville ReSourceful Building, co-author: whole building LCA – Stop Waste, 1998
  • Total Carbon Study, co-author – Ecological Building Network, 2015 
  • Time Value of Carbon, white paper – Carbon Leadership Forum, 2017 
  • Embodied Carbon Benchmark Study – co-author: Carbon Leadership Forum 2017
  • New Carbon Architecture, chapter on Reuse, 2018


Oct 24 2023


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 24 2023
  • Time: 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm


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