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April 2, 2020

Dezeen: Life-Cycle Analysis report highlights the sustainable impact of CLT

A newly published report on the cross-laminated timber supply chain demonstrates the material’s sustainable credentials as it becomes more mainstream in the US. By Dezeen staff Written by members of the Department of Architecture and School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington, the Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA) report investigates the environmental impact cross-laminated…


March 11, 2020

Kate Simonen joins radio debate on climate change solutions

When University of Washington faculty members Dan Schwartz and Kate Simonen face off in a KUOW debate this week, they will assume opposing sides on an issue both feel passionately — and similarly — about: reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The difference between them lies in the deadline: What should Washington aim for, right now? On March…


March 10, 2020

Autodesk: Ready to Reduce Your Construction Emissions? Use the Embodied Carbon Calculator

It’s no secret that the construction industry is one of the biggest contributors of greenhouse-gas emissions. The numbers are staggering: Embodied carbon currently makes up 11% or more of global emissions; by comparison, that’s more than five times higher than the 2% of global emissions produced by the entire aviation industry. By Jeff Link With…


March 4, 2020

Katerra: The Carbon Leadership Forum finds mass timber nearly offsets all upfront embodied carbon in the Catalyst Building

By Craig Curtis and Hans-Erik Blomgren As a vertically integrated company, Katerra controls the entire end-to-end building process. This offers us insight into the full building lifecycle and an unparalleled opportunity to address long-standing environmental inefficiencies in building product sourcing, manufacturing, construction, and operation. Katerra’s investment in cross-laminated timber (CLT) — which we believe will…


February 28, 2020

Science Friday: How The World Of Building Materials Is Responding To Climate Change

Science Friday host Ira Flatow interviews CLF’s Kate Simonen, plus Martin Pei, Chief Technology Officer of European steel company SSAB, and Jeremy Gregory, Director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub at MIT, about how the traditional building materials sector is going green. Mjøstårnet – Verdens høyeste trehusIn order to slow a warming planet, nearly every industry…


February 13, 2020

The American Prospect: Can the Concrete Jungle Sink CO2?

Proposed legislation in New York attacks a leading source of emissions that rarely gets noticed. by Reena Shah By the time today’s preschoolers hit middle age, the number of buildings on the planet is projected to double. An already unprecedented wave of urban migration will continue to grow, with two-thirds of the world’s population flocking…


February 11, 2020

Engineering News-Record: A Call to Action for Engineers on Climate Change

Figuratively and literally, engineers have taken a seat at the table to discuss climate change. At the United Nation’s climate talks in Madrid, Spain, which ended Dec. 15, engineers were represented at the public sessions and in closed-door meetings. It’s the first time they have been actively involved in the political and technical discussions surrounding…


January 17, 2020

Architect Magazine: The Carbon Issue

Meeting the urgent need for climate action, with decarbonization strategies for materials, design, practice, and policy. Architecture must quickly kick its carbon habit and minimize the threat of climate change. The profession has already made great progress toward eliminating CO2 emissions from new buildings’ operations. But energy efficiency is just the first step. The next…


ENR Top 25 Newsmakers: “Bruce King: Engineer Inspired Nation’s First Low-Carbon Concrete Code”

Much like the mouse that roared, tiny Marin County, Calif., population 60,000, is making a big statement about low-carbon concrete. On Jan. 1, the county’s Bay Area Low-Carbon Concrete Code went into effect. It is the first building code of its kind in the U.S. Bruce King, a consulting engineer,  catalyzed the code’s development to…


January 16, 2020

ENR Top 25 Newsmakers: “Kate Simonen: Climate Activist Has Rallied Industry to Reduce Embodied Carbon”

It has been a banner year for Kate Simonen and her burgeoning band of embodied carbon busters, bent on reducing the negative environmental impacts of building production. On Nov. 19, Simonen and her EC-reduction champions debuted the first free-to-use digital tool to calculate EC in materials. The same day, Marin County, Calif., approved the nation’s…



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