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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…


Green Building News: A Better Path to a Low-Carbon Future?

Building materials capable of reducing upfront carbon to zero are available, code-compliant, and affordable, study shows by Scott Gibson Building super-insulated houses with low energy needs and highly efficient mechanical systems is the best way for builders to lower greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change, right? Maybe not. A group of builders…


New York Times: Bricks Alive! Scientists Create Living Concrete

“A Frankenstein material” is teeming with — and ultimately made by — photosynthetic microbes. And it can reproduce. by Amos Zeeberg For centuries, builders have been making concrete roughly the same way: by mixing hard materials like sand with various binders, and hoping it stays fixed and rigid for a long time to come. Now,…


January 13, 2020

Thornton Tomasetti Launches BEACON, First-of-its-Kind Embodied Carbon Measurement Tool

Thornton Tomasetti, the international engineering firm, has launched Beacon, an innovative embodied carbon measurement tool poised to change the way structural engineers understand and manage embodied carbon optimization. The tool – first-of-its-kind – gives users the ability to measure embodied carbon, allowing for more informed decisions throughout the design process. Beacon is being introduced after…


How the New EC3 Tool Raises the Bar on Collective Action

Nearly 50 AEC industry organizations partnered to develop the groundbreaking Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator. by Donald Davies, President, Magnusson Klemencic Associates Fifty years ago, we were a divided country, but we also went to the moon by agreeing to work together on a common goal. That challenge required stepping out of our competitive silo’s…


January 5, 2020

Building a Carbon Smart Community with Legos

by Andrew Himes What can a team of 6th-graders from Redmond, Washington tell us about climate change, embodied carbon emissions from building construction, and the potential for hard work and innovative thinking to transform an industry? A lot, it turns out! A group of friends — three girls and three boys — presented their design…


Stephanie Carlisle: “I’ve been polluting the planet for years. I’m not an oil exec. I’m an architect.”

And no amount of data or complex modeling will rectify the building industry’s staggering impact on the environment. Design culture itself needs to change. For the past eight years, I’ve spent every day of my professional life enabling an industry that is responsible for nearly 40% of global climate emissions. I don’t work for an…


December 6, 2019

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…



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