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May 7, 2019

CLF Publishes MEP & TI LCA Study

The Carbon Leadership Forum recently published a study on the LCA impacts of MEP and TI.  This is the first study of its kind to explore environmental impacts of MEP and TI. This study was part of a broader Low Carbon Construction project funded by The Charles Pankow Foundation, Skanska USA and the Oregon Department of…


March 19, 2019

NSF publishes Concrete Product Category Rule (PCR) Version 2.0, supported by the CLF

On Feb. 22, 2019, the National Science Foundation (NSF) issued Version 2.0 of the Concrete Product Category Rule (PCR), updating Version 1.1 published by the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) in 2013. CLF Director Kate Simonen supported the review process through providing life cycle assessment (LCA) expertise in her role on the PCR Committee for Concrete….


March 15, 2019

Digital to D.C. Discussion: CLF Director Kate Simonen reaches broad audiences to expand awareness of embodied carbon

CLF Director Kate Simonen recently joined Nori to participate in the organization’s ongoing podcast series “Reversing Climate Change.” Committed to creating the world’s first carbon removal marketplace, Nori invited Kate to share her insight on life cycle assessment (LCA) with its digital audience to increase awareness of carbon removal strategies in the building sector. Listen…


March 14, 2019

Embodied Carbon Network launches 2019 Webinar Series

The Embodied Carbon Network (ECN) is launching its second annual webinar series, providing six live sessions throughout the year. During each session, a panel of subject matter experts from ECN Focus Groups will present on initiatives, research, case studies and strategies to increase awareness and understanding of embodied carbon measurement, reporting and reduction. On March 22,…


March 8, 2019

CLF publishes the Buy Clean Washington Study

In March 2018, WA State commissioned the Carbon Leadership Forum to carry out a Buy Clean Washington Study to inform policy options and recommendations for state policymakers. A key goal and outcome of the study was to improve understanding of the background, technical issues, policy components and reduction strategies related to embodied carbon. The study…


January 30, 2019

Embodied Carbon Network marks second-year anniversary, doubling membership in 2018

The Embodied Carbon Network (ECN) headed into 2019 celebrating its second-year anniversary as a platform connecting professionals across trades and sectors to reduce carbon emissions caused by the built environment. In two years, the ECN has brought together over 410 members from 110 cities across the world – a diverse membership that includes sustainability pioneers,…


October 30, 2018

CLF and C-Change Labs launch the Embodied Carbon in Construction (EC3) Tool

In Fall 2018, the Carbon Leadership Forum and C-Change Labs launched the first development phase of the Embodied Carbon in Construction (EC3) Tool. Now in development phase two, the EC3 tool is expected to launch in November 2019, providing an open-source EPD database and building planner to the public. Formulated by CLF board member Stacy…


September 30, 2018

Carbon Smart Building Day brings together over 300 participants to lead the built environment toward Net Zero Carbon

In collaboration with 22 community partners, the Carbon Leadership Forum helped convened the Carbon Smart Building Day at the September 2018 Global Climate Action Summit. The sold-out event brought together over 300 architects, structural engineers, contractors, real estate developers, materials manufacturers and policy makers who aspire to reduce the carbon footprint of their projects and…


July 26, 2018

CLF Releases Annual Report 2017-2018

The Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) released its 2017-2018 Annual Report, which highlights the organization’s recent research, education and outreach work with CLF sponsor firms and collaborators from industry, academia, nonprofits and government agencies. The Annual Report is part of the CLF’s commitment to increase awareness and understanding of initiatives happening to transform the built environment’s…


July 18, 2018

CLF Publishes LCA Practice Guide

The Carbon Leadership Forum recently published Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings: A Practice Guide, a step-by-step LCA primer and technical guidance document. The Practice Guide introduces the use of LCA to analyze the environmental impacts of buildings in order to help building professionals apply LCA in practice. It addresses how buildings impact the environment, the…



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