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Embodied Carbon 101: Certifications + Commitments—A Deeper Dive

September 20, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Learn to evaluate and leverage certifications and commitments for the greatest impact.

Take a closer look at how embodied carbon is incorporated—or will be incorporated—into sustainability programs for the industry and how carbon-thoughtful design is streamlined or incentivized through these programs. The course begins with a look at the established AIA 2030 Commitment, its success in addressing operational energy, and its next iteration, which will include embodied carbon. The AIA 2030 Commitment discussion is followed by an introduction to the SE 2050 Commitment, which is an embodied carbon-focused commitment born out of the Structural Engineering Institute, to be launched in November 2020.

After looking at example commitments, the course introduces the International Living Future Institute’s Zero Carbon Certification, a relatively new certification that looks holistically at operational energy and embodied carbon. And, following Zero Carbon, the Passive House certification is introduced, suggesting ways that practitioners can account for embodied carbon while pursuing this performance-focused certification. Through discussing four major industry sustainability programs, this course will help practitioners to distinguish where embodied carbon is built into certifications and commitments, and where embodied carbon considerations might need to be engineered into design and certification processes for holistic carbon reduction. AEC practitioners will receive the knowledge to evaluate and leverage certifications and commitments for the greatest impact.

Presented by Virginia COTE with support from AIA Virginia’s Knowledge Community Grant program and the following sponsors:


Bamforth Engineers + Surveyors

Earn 1.5 AIA LU|HSW

Register online.


September 20, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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