Member-led Initiatives Incubated by CLF

The key to our values is “action”.  As a result, central to our mission is empowering our members and partners to advance new ideas and approaches and launch impactful member-led initiatives and projects. Not only do we pave the way and accelerate action by providing the research, resources and connections to fuel these ideas, but we often incubate the project and provide funding connections.

Featured Member-led Initiatives

CARE – Carbon Avoided: Retrofit Estimator

The CARE Tool (formerly the 2Build or not 2Build Calculator) is used for calculating and comparing the embodied, operating and avoided carbon impacts and benefits of reusing and upgrading existing buildings or replacing them with new construction. About CARE Renovating an...

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Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3)

The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool is a free and easy-to-use tool that allows benchmarking, assessment and reductions in embodied carbon, focused on the upfront supply chain emissions of construction materials. The EC3 tool was incubated at the Carbon...

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SE 2050 Challenge

A Challenge for Structural Engineers Structural Materials and the Path to Zero Recognizing that structural materials account for at least 50% of the carbon emitted in production, delivery, and installation of materials for new construction and the latest IPCC reports tell us...

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MEP 2040 Challenge

The MEP 2040 Challenge:“All systems engineers shall advocate for and achieve net zero carbon in their projects: operational carbon by 2030 and embodied carbon by 2040.” The Challenge from the Carbon Leadership Forum by Kate Simonen, Executive Director, Carbon Leadership...

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Submit Your Idea for a CLF Initiative

The CLF Incubation Committee considers proposals from CLF members for transformative initiatives that can drive decarbonization. Do you have a great idea for a project or initiative to reduce embodied carbon emissions in built environments? Could the CLF Network provide the...

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Other Member-led Initiatives

Bay Area Embodied Carbon Proposal

Status: Completed

The Carbon Leadership Forum supported a collaborative proposal by Marin County, StopWaste, Alameda County, and the Ecological Building Network to establish best practices, specifications and model policies that address the embodied emissions in building materials, starting with concrete. The Carbon Leadership Forum helped the proposal team by collecting 45 signatures for a letter of support, which helped lead to the successful funding of the grant.

The project led to the adoption, on January 1, 2020 of the county’s Bay Area Low-Carbon Concrete Code, the first building code of its kind in the United States. Bruce King, a Carbon Leadership Forum member catalyzed the code’s development to rein in the profligate overuse of carbon-intensive cement in concrete.

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Carbon Smart Building Day

Status: Completed

The Carbon Leadership Forum, in collaboration with numerous partners, hosted a day-long conference in San Francisco on September 11, 2018. Affiliated with the Global Climate Action Summit, the conference brought together 300 building industry professionals dedicated to accelerating a global movement toward a Net Zero Carbon built environment.

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