Our industry mostly ignores embodied carbon, even though it will account for almost half of total new global construction emissions between now and 2050. This lecture will provide an overview of embodied carbon in the building industry, including:

  • Importance of embodied carbon
  • Relevant policies and standards
  • Building LCA software tools
  • Embodied carbon of key materials (concrete, steel, wood)
  • Design strategies for reducing embodied carbon