Resource Library:

CLF Research

Organizations turn to the Carbon Leadership Forum, at the University of Washington, for data-driven answers to their questions – information they can trust. These funded research projects help understand the full complexity of issues and develop practical solutions grounded in solid science.

Buy Clean Buy Fair Washington Project

The Buy Clean Buy Fair (BCBF) Washington Project is a pilot study commissioned by the Washington State Legislature in 2021.  The goal of this project is to evaluate the feasibility of BCBF data...

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CLF WBLCA Benchmark Study V2

Project Announcement | April 2022The Carbon Leadership Forum is pleased to announce the beginning of a multi-year project to develop a robust and harmonized database of WBLCA benchmarks. The...

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2021 Material Baselines

Material Baseline Report | July 2021In order to set achievable targets, it is necessary to have a baseline from which to compare products within a material or product category. In January, the...

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Materials That Transform

Accelerating an Ecosystem | October 2021The potential for meaningful climate impact through materials that serve as carbon sinks now gives such materials a clear advantage, with the potential to...

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Carbon-Storing Materials

Summary Report | February 2021The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): “Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees C will require removing carbon from the atmosphere in addition to reducing...

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LCA of Katerra’s Buildings

Research Purpose:   Analyze environmental impacts of Katerra’s CLT supply chain, as well as its Catalyst Building. About Katerra commissioned the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) and Center for...

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LCA of a WeWork TI Project

Research Questions:   What are the environmental impacts of a typical WeWork office? How can WeWork reduce embodied carbon across its construction supply chain? About WeWork provides office...

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LCA of MEP and TI in Buildings

Research Question: What are the typical ranges of embodied carbon (and other impact measures) for mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and tenant improvement (TI)? About This study is an...

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2017 Embodied Carbon Benchmark Study

Research Question What are the typical magnitudes and ranges of embodied carbon in buildings? About The Embodied Carbon Benchmark Study is the first stage of the LCA for Low Carbon...

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Study of Buy Clean Policy

Research Purpose: Review and evaluate embodied carbon policies to limit the embodied carbon of structural materials used in State building projects.  About On January 8, 2018, members of the...

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Wood Carbon Seminars

Research Purpose:   Answer common and critical questions about the carbon impacts of wood from the building industry. The Wood Carbon Seminars was an 8-part webinar series hosted by the Carbon...

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Embodied Carbon in Construction

Published in Buildings & Cities in the Special Collection: "Carbon metrics for buildings and cities" Publication date: September 2020 Authors: Brook Waldman, Monica Huang, Kathrina Simonen...

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UW Population Health Project

Research purpose: Determine if the UW Population Health facility would meet the requirements of LEED’s whole building life cycle assessment (WBLCA) credit.   About the project The Hans Rosling...

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EC3 Tool Methodology Beta

NOTE This beta document has been superseded by the 2021 Material Baselines Report, published in February 2021. The 2021 report constitutes an update to the 2019 Beta Baselines with improved data...

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