This session will provide concrete tools and answers on how to draw down carbon in our buildings starting today. We’ll focus on low-rise buildings, where most new construction and renovations happen and which are currently under-represented in embodied-carbon design and analysis. We will present critical construction details such as band joist insulation selections and sloped ceiling retrofits, as well as whole-building design strategies. We’ll present current developments including tools for carbon counting, “green list” material specifications, cooperative supply chains for biogenic materials, and carbon curriculum for industry education. We will fuel hope and build a movement by presenting the very real and immediate carbon drawdown reservoir that exists in constructed or renovated buildings. Session speakers presented the acclaimed keynote at last year’s BuildingEnergy conference.
Explain what embodied carbon is and how carbon can be stored in building materials
Describe at least two case-study examples of stored carbon
Describe critical, common design details that incorporate carbon storing materials
Access currently-available tools that measure carbon impact and storage of specific materials
Flexible Online Training for Industry Professionals
This online course is self-paced. You can begin instantly upon enrollment.
Access Information and Build Your Training Library
After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Access can be extended beyond 1 year with a monthly membership. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.
Earn A Certificate of Completion
When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our LinkedIn integration.
Continuing Education Credits Available for Additional Fee
The course and all materials are available for free. If you would like continuing education credits they are available through NESEA for an additional fee after completing the course. There is a $25 administration fee per course to receive credits, no matter how many types of credits you are seeking, to help cover NESEA's CEU costs and staff time. (NESEA is a non-profit organization.)
Earn Continuing Education Credits
Approved for: 1.5 AIA LU/HSW, 1.5 hours towards MA CSL 4.5 hour block.
Executive Director, Endeavour Centre
Chris Magwood is obsessed with helping reverse climate change by making carbon-storing buildings that are also healthy, beautiful, efficient and inspiring.
Chris is currently the executive director of The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario. The school runs a full-time certificate programs – Sustainable Building and...[more]
Cofounder/Managing Partner, New Frameworks
Ace founded New Frameworks in 2006, blending natural building materials and methods with high performance designs. Ace instructs in the Natural Building Certificate Program at Yestermorrow Design/Build School and is the author of The Natural Building Companion (Chelsea Green 2012).
Managing Partner, New Frameworks Natural Design/Build
Jacob Deva Racusin is co-owner of New Frameworks Natural Design/Build, offering services in green remodeling, new construction, consultation, and education featuring low-impact high-performance building technologies. Through his work as a designer, builder, consultant, and educator, Jacob is able to merge his passions for fine craft, ecological stewardship, relationship...[more]
Embodied Carbon in Materials: Real Steps to Drawing Down Carbon in our Buildings
Embodied Carbon in Materials: Real Steps to Drawing Down Carbon in our Buildings (Video - 01:30:50 hours)
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