Embodied Carbon 101: MEP

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.

Learning objectives

  • Identify which mechanical, engineering, and plumbing (MEP) systems components contribute to embodied carbon and how.
  • Assess the embodied carbon impacts of MEP systems relative to the embodied carbon impacts of other building systems and components in a building.
  • Analyze the embodied carbon impacts of MEP systems across varying build scales, complexities, and types.
  • Integrate replacement cycles and associated embodied carbon for MEP systems as part of the life cycle assessment for a building.

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