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Nov 3 2020 Online Learning /

TSA Technical Lecture: Embodied Carbon in Building Materials

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Online via Zoom Webinar

Free for TSA Members using the code found in the October 14 bulletin, $10 General


Steel-mill plant scenery line with fuming chimney-stalks in Hamilton OntarioEmbodied Carbon will account for almost half of the total new construction emissions globally before now and 2050. Despite this massive contribution to global CO₂ emissions, embodied carbon in building materials is often ignored, considered a blind spot of the building industry.

So why does embodied carbon matter, and what design strategies and tools exist to reduce embodied carbon in building materials?

Join us for this 1.5 hour webinar as Building Life Cycle Assessment Consultant Anthony Pak shares with us an overview of embodied carbon in the building industry including:

  • Why Embodied Carbon Matters
  • How Embodied Carbon compares with Operational Carbon
  • Policies and Standards that address Embodied Carbon
  • Comparison of LCA Software Tools
  • Design Strategies to Reduce Embodied Carbon (concrete, steel, wood, aluminum, glass, insulation, refrigerants, MEP systems, interiors)

About the Speaker

Anthony Pak is the Principal at Priopta, a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) consulting firm that is one of the first in North America to offer a custom Parametric LCA service for new construction projects. He is also the founder of CLF Vancouver—the first local hub of the Carbon Leadership Forum—which organizes local events that empower building industry professionals to champion the topic of embodied carbon on their projects and within their firms. Since April 2019, CLF Vancouver has inspired over 25 other cities to start CLF local hubs. Anthony now also serves as the Regional Hub Director, supporting local hubs across Western North America and Asia-Pacific. He is a Professional Engineer with a Masters in Industrial Ecology from NTNU, which is a leading LCA research group in Norway.


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This technical lecture is part of the Building, Technology, Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) Series, a collaboration of the Toronto Society of Architects and the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design bringing affordable, timely and relevant knowledge, skills and tools to the profession as we work together to address the climate crisis.



This lecture is possible thanks to the generous support of: