Carbon Leadership Forum

November 15, 2019

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 and innovative building industry companies, they have taken on a long-elusive goal: measuring and reducing the carbon footprint of building materials. The result is the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool, a free, open-access tool for architects, engineers, owners, construction companies, building material suppliers and policy makers to compare and reduce embodied carbon emissions from construction materials. I’m very proud to say that we are one of the pilot partners involved with testing this ambitious tool on two projects.

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