New report offers specifiers strategies to reduce embodied carbon in buildings

December 23, 2020

International engineering firm Walter P Moore[1] has released a stewardship report entitled Embodied Carbon, A Clearer View of Carbon Emissions. The report focuses on an issue of relevance for all material specifiers, which is the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Construction Canada’s editor Nithya Caleb interviews Dirk Kestner, PE, LEED AP, director of sustainable design for Walter P Moore, one the report’s authors.

In a new report from Walter P Moore, engineering experts define embodied carbon and examine why it must be reduced. Photo courtesy Walter P Moore[2]
In a new report from Walter P Moore, engineering experts define embodied carbon and examine why it must be reduced.
Photo courtesy Walter P Moore

The report first defines embodied carbon, then Walter P Moore experts address why and how members of the AEC industry must work in concert to reduce embodied carbon.

“Reducing embodied carbon is essential to achieving near-term reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. This report discusses both what can be done today, and strategies to eventually achieve net-zero embodied carbon,” said Kestner, director of sustainable design for Walter P Moore. “I encourage AEC professionals to engage in the report, explore resources and tools, and continue to dialogue in regard to embodied carbon.”

Embodied Carbon, A Clearer View of Carbon Emissions includes milestones related to embodied carbon, a series of technical writings that define why embodied carbon matters, case studies on decarbonization in practice, and a final perspective that defines a path to net zero.

Click here[3] to access the full report.

Endnotes:
  1. Walter P Moore: http://www.walterpmoore.com/
  2. [Image]: https://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/12-3-2020-6-03-29-PM.jpg
  3. here: https://www.walterpmoore.com/embodied-carbon-clearer-view-emissions

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