“PROPER EVALUATION OF EMBODIED CARBON IN STRUCTURES”
The next design frontier in tackling climate change is reducing the embodied carbon in structural materials. This presentation will focus on best practices for determining the embodied carbon in structural materials, including credible sources for embodied carbon data. It will introduce common practices and misconceptions about comparisons of embodied carbon. A case study will be presented that highlights how design decisions may be influenced when comparing among up-front carbon, use-phase carbon, or whole-life carbon.
Emily Lorenz, PE, F-ACI, is a consulting engineer in the areas of sustainability and energy efficiency.
Lorenz is vice-chair of the Commercial Envelope Subcommittee of the 2024 International Energy Conservation Code(IECC), and as a voting member of several committees including the Envelope Subcommittee of ASHRAE 90.1. She is an expert to ISO TC59\SC17\WG3 Environmental Declarations of Products.