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August 2022

Embodied Carbon 101: MEP

August 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Managing embodied carbon impacts? Don't overlook your project's MEPs. Though mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems feature heavily in conversations about operational energy, they are an often-overlooked element in the embodied carbon conversation. Learn how MEP contributes to a project’s overall embodied carbon, including the impacts of systems of different scales and complexity, as well as the effects of MEP replacement cycles. Presented by Virginia COTE with support from AIA Virginia's Knowledge Community Grant program and the following sponsors: SILVER…

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Embodied Carbon 101: Interiors

August 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Learn about the embodied carbon impact of interior products. This course focuses on the impact of interior product selection on embodied carbon work with an overview of some specific product types that are typical to the interior scope. It includes an introduction to resources for interior product information—including embodied carbon impacts as well as materials health. The course also looks at strategies for lower-carbon interiors, including salvage and reuse, research, and goal-setting. Presented by Virginia COTE with support from AIA…

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Embodied Carbon 101: Procurement

August 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Learn about the important role of procurement in facilitating your carbon reduction outcomes. This course focuses on the role that contractors and builders can play in reducing the embodied carbon in their work. Speakers discuss opportunities for carbon reduction at multiple project stages, highlighting the importance of a collaborative design and project team (including client) for diverse construction practice types—including small design/build, mid-size local firm, and large international firm. They suggest strategies for incorporating embodied carbon reduction into everyday workflow—from…

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September 2022

Embodied Carbon 101: Carbon Accounting

September 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Learn the principles of carbon accounting and its application in design & construction. This course introduces the process of carbon accounting. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is the tool used to quantify the carbon footprint and other environmental impacts of a material or assembly. Presenters define the basic terminology related to LCA as well as summarize the process of life cycle assessment. Overall, the course illustrates how the principles of carbon accounting can be applied to design and construction at all…

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Embodied Carbon 101: Certifications + Commitments—Overview

September 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Examine various aspects of certification programs including their incorporation of embodied carbon considerations. Our built environment is not as sustainable, healthy, safe, equitable or inclusive as it needs to be. As design professionals we have the ability to address the global climate crisis and influence health and well-being. Health is a growing concern for homebuyers, designers, and builders alike. Building professionals are not health professionals, but we have more influence on people’s health than we may realize. We also have…

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Embodied Carbon 101: Certifications + Commitments—A Deeper Dive

September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

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…

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Embodied Carbon 101: Making the Case

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Learn how to speak with clients and collaborators about embodied carbon to demonstrate the value of and pathways to reducing its impacts. Addressing embodied carbon in one’s practice requires strategy, communication, and collaboration. This course addresses how AEC practitioners can speak with clients and collaborators about embodied carbon to demonstrate the value of reducing embodied carbon and to provide pathways to reduce its impacts in projects and the environment. Learners will hear from sustainability professionals whose practices represent traditional architectural…

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October 2022

Embodied Carbon 101: Process + Firm Culture

October 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Learn how to integrate sustainability work into your firm’s standard practices and procedures. In order to make true progress toward carbon reduction, carbon-thoughtful design must be part of the AEC industry’s standards and culture, instead of approached on a project-by-project basis. Hear from sustainability leaders representing a range of practices, including architecture, engineering and consulting, construction, and design/build firms who share the vision and infrastructure of their own firms’ sustainability and embodied carbon practice, and elaborate on how they arrived…

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