Carbon Leadership Forum

Thornton Tomasetti: Net Zero and the construction industry

Achieving net zero goals in construction and design requires further regulation that must focus on both operational energy efficiency and embodied carbon, argues Thornton Tomasetti’s Sustainability Lead Duncan Cox. Published in Global Construction, December 6, 2019 This year we have seen a huge rise in political, public and industry attention toward climate change, with the…

New White Paper from Builders for Climate Action: Low-rise Buildings as a Climate Change Solution

Builders for Climate Action is a project of Endeavor, the Sustainable Building School, and Greenup, central and eastern Ontario’s leading organization focused on issues of environmental education, sustainability, and stewardship. The Study at a Glance WHY Buildings are a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and no climate action plan can succeed without adequately addressing…

Coughlin Porter Lundeen: Introducing the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) Tool

In the Pacific Northwest, environmentalism is strong and sustainability is a priority. We’re privileged to live and work here and are encouraged by conscientious clients who think outside the box and regularly ask for product comparisons and creative solutions. Increasingly we’re responding to requests for embodied carbon studies on projects, and this week, we’re excited…

Carbon Friendly Forestry Conference 2019, hosted by the Washington Environmental Council

The third-annual Carbon Friendly Forestry Conference brought together diverse thinkers – policy makers, academics, conservationists, tribes, forest owners, business leaders, and others – to learn about and discuss innovative strategies and opportunities for sustainable forest management that can create a stronger economy and healthier communities in the face of the climate crisis. Slides are now…

Press Release: Sustainable Minds and the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator Tool Partner to Simplify Finding and Specifying Lower Embodied Carbon Construction Materials

Collaboration will help building professionals make smarter procurement decisions that drive climate action, while making it easier and less expensive for manufacturers to create environmental product declarations (EPDs) that provide more specific data. ATLANTA, Nov. 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — With the public beta release of the much-anticipated Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool, the…

AutoDesk: New Carbon Calculator Offers Hope for Reducing Carbon in the Building Industry

As a leader in design and construction software solutions for many high–emissions industries, Autodesk recognizes the vital importance of reducing carbon. This reality has AEC industries focused on the importance of making smarter choices around building materials, an option not readily available until today. Over the last year, we’ve worked with the Carbon Leadership Forum,…

Webcor Successfully Pilots Trailblazing New Tool for Evaluating Carbon Emissions From Construction Materials

California Builder Also Establishes its “Carbon Commitment” to Employ the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) Tool on All New Projects SAN FRANCISCO, November 19, 2019 — Until now, a building’s carbon footprint has been measured solely by the greenhouse gases (GHG) it emits once construction is complete and it is being used as intended….

Data to Drive Reductions: Microsoft Partners to Deliver a Free Tool to Reduce Embodied Carbon in Construction

Climate change is an urgent issue that demands global action. For the building sector, this action is especially needed, as buildings emit 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. This is partially because building operations and materials incur higher emissions than those of other sectors, but it’s also because builders haven’t had the right tools…

US Green Building Council-L.A. Announces Program to Help Construction Industry and Tradespeople Put California’s “Buy Clean” Policy into Action

LOS ANGELES (November 19, 2019) Specifying materials consistent with building sustainably can be a challenge at many levels of the building process, but has become increasingly important and complex due to local, state and federal regulations.  On January 1, 2020, California’s AB 262, the “Buy Clean California Act” will require Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for…

Thornton Tomasetti Shares Results of Comprehensive Embodied Carbon Measurement Study

Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, has released results from its multi-year, project-based embodied carbon measurement study, identifying the type of structures, materials and components with the highest carbon emissions. The findings provide insight into how structural engineers can drive innovation in design while reducing embodied carbon and creating structures that are more efficient. The…

BASF supports EC3 tool as Pilot Partner

HOUSTON, November 14, 2019 – BASF is pleased to announce the company’s role as a pilot partner for the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool — a free, open-source online tool designed to easily calculate the carbon emissions of building materials. “BASF is committed to contributing to a world that provides a sustainable future…

Press Release: Breakthrough tool launched at Greenbuild empowers users to learn how buildings and infrastructure can radically reduce embodied carbon

The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (“EC3”) tool delivers the first digitized EPDs for construction materials in a free platform designed to accelerate early adoption across the entire construction industry. Georgia World Congress Center, ATLANTA – November 19, 2019 – The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool launched in public beta version at Greenbuild today,…

Perkins&Will: Lessons Learned from Piloting an Industry Game-Changer

by Kimberly Seigel, Research Knowledge Manager Our industry has long known the impacts of embodied carbon in construction but has wrestled with how to incorporate this information into our practice.  Finally, after years of conversations and confusion, on September 23, 2019, the Carbon Leadership Forum announced a solution. In partnership with more than 30 forward-looking…

Climate Activists Maneuver To Reduce Embodied Carbon in Buildings – Engineering News-Record

There was no formal agenda on Feb. 12, 2018, when Bruce King and William Kelley met for lunch at the Lotus Cafe in San Rafael, Calif. But building regulation is a favorite topic of King’s, a structural engineer devoted to reducing carbon emissions related to buildings. So it was no surprise to Kelley, Marin County’s…

Bill Gates’ Blog: Buildings are bad for the climate. Here’s what we can do about it.

GatesNotes – October 28, 2019 Besides the traffic and the weather, we Seattleites love to talk about all the construction going on in our city. The downtown skyline is full of cranes, and it seems like the building never stops. By the end of the year, 39 new projects will have been completed in downtown…

World Resources Institute: Accelerating Building Decarbonization: Eight Attainable Policy Pathways to Net Zero Carbon Buildings For All

by Renilde Becqué, Debbie Weyl, Emma Stewart, Eric Mackres, Luting Jin and Xufei Shen Buildings that emit no greenhouse gas emissions during their operation are vital to meeting the SDGs and Paris Agreement targets. But in the past, zero carbon buildings have been assumed to be only attainable by technologically advanced or wealthy countries. New…

Interface CEO Jay Gould on optimism, talking to boards and truly carbon-negative products

Long-time consumer brands operations and marketing specialist Jay Gould readily admits he has not always been one to innovate through the lens of sustainability. A “stern lecture” from activist Paul Hawken and immersion in biomimicry with biologist Janine Benyus contributed to the self-described skeptic’s change of heart. Today, as chief executive of Interface, Gould is…

Autodesk Announces the EC3 Tool Partnership—Combatting Carbon Emissions

As the world builds the equivalent of an entire New York City every month, reducing the carbon emissions of materials is imperative. Between now and 2060 the world’s population will be doubling the amount of building floor space, equivalent to building an entire New York City every month for 40 years. Most of the carbon…

Webcor Partners with Carbon Leadership Forum to Support Development of Embodied Carbon Construction Calculator

Webcor is excited to announce its partnership with the Carbon Leadership Forum and fellow industry leaders to support the development of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3). This open-source tool will be used by the AEC community to compare and reduce embodied carbon emissions from construction materials. When it comes to carbon, not all…

Skanska’s Elizabeth Heider: “Carbon reduction in construction: a net benefit, not just to the environment, but to the bottom line”

LinkedIn post by Elizabeth Heider, Chief Sustainability Officer at Skanska USA Inc. Today marks the start of Climate Week NYC. On this day, or any day in this age, there should be no debate on the merits of reducing the level of carbon circulating in the atmosphere. What is debatable is the best way to…

Climate Earth partners with the Carbon Leadership Forum and C Change Labs to help architects and engineers more easily evaluate embodied carbon impacts

Partnership focuses on development of digital EPDs to meet the EC3 tool requirements while also ensuring conformance with emerging global standards. Earlier this week the Carbon Leadership Forum announced the creation of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (“EC3”) tool, a ground-breaking solution for evaluating the carbon emissions embodied within a wide array of building…

Port of Seattle: Building to Reduce Embodied Carbon Emissions with EC3 tool

The Port of Seattle, along with a growing number of government and industry leaders, recognize that the materials used in constructing our buildings generate pollution even before they arrive on our property. A significant portion of carbon emissions, the pollution that causes global warming, are from operations like lighting, heating, and cooling. At least half…

Carbon Leadership Forum endorses key new report from World Green Building Council (WGBC): “Bringing Embodied Carbon Upfront”

With the support of more than 80 organisations, the World Green Building Council’s report describes actions to revolutionise the buildings and construction sector towards a net zero future, through elimination of embodied carbon emissions. The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is a global network leading the transformation of the built environment, to make it healthier…

Announcing the EC3 tool partnership

Press Release The Carbon Leadership Forum, in partnership with more than 30 industry leaders, announces breakthrough tool to easily evaluate carbon emissions of building materials As the world builds the equivalent of an entire New York City every month, reducing the carbon emissions of materials is an imperative. The Carbon Leadership Forum, in partnership with…

Skanska USA Conceives Solution for Calculating Embodied Carbon in Construction Materials, Announces Transition to Open-Source Tool

Press release Ground-breaking tool calculates carbon emissions embodied within building materials—democratizing data and providing transparency in pursuit of the Paris Climate Accord’s aggressive global carbon reduction targets NEW YORK — Skanska USA, alongside the Carbon Leadership Forum and partners in industry, today announced the creation of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (“EC3”) tool, a…

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…

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….

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

CLF’s Build Positive Summit Inspires Carbon Smart Building

On June 20, the Carbon Leadership Forum brought together over 70 professionals from across the building industry, sustainability-focused nonprofits, and government agencies in New York City for a Build Positive: Carbon Smart Building Summit. Hosted by Skanska USA at the Empire State Building, the three-hour educational session presented participants with a roadmap to transform buildings…

Upcoming CLF Event – Build Positive: A Carbon Smart Building Summit & Party

The Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) is leading a collaborative session in New York City on June 20 at Skanska USA’s empire state building office. The interactive session will present and explore the potential of carbon storing architecture and inspire participants to develop and implement carbon smart design. Learn more about the workshop or directly register to…

Embodied Carbon Network – Year in Review

The Embodied Carbon Network (ECN)  – a grassroots initiative launched by CLF in early 2017 with just a handful of members – recently hit its one-year anniversary and now includes over 200 professionals from across the world, representing 76 cities, 11 countries, and 22 US states. The Network recent published its first newsletter, as part of its broader…

CLF releases semiannual update highlighting recent work

The CLF recently released its semiannual update to stakeholders, highlighting current research and education milestones, and announcing upcoming initiatives and presentations. The update focuses on CLF’s sustained effort to collaborate with organizations and individuals across the world on a number of projects and initiatives, which include building the largest known database of building embodied carbon,…

CLF call for sponsors

The University of Washington’s Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) is currently accepting sponsor applications to support and join its community of manufacturers, designers, builders, LCA professionals and academics working together to reduce the impact of embodied carbon emissions. The CLF sponsorship program includes different membership levels, providing an opportunity for all representatives to guide and leverage research focused…

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