Embodied Carbon 101: MEP

Managing embodied carbon impacts? Don't overlook your project's MEPs.

Description: 

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.

This course is part of a series

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 $40  non-member
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1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • RIBA

Instructors

  • Stephanie Carlisle Headshot

    Stephanie Carlisle

    Senior Researcher | Carbon Leadership Forum

    Stephanie’s work investigates the interaction between the natural and constructed environment,...
  • Julie Janiski Headshot

    Julie Janiski

    Principal | BuroHappold

    Julie Janiski leads integrated high performance building design teams at BuroHappold Engineering....
  • Jacob Knowles Headshot

    Jacob Knowles

    Associate Principal and Director of Sustainable Design | BR+A Consulting Engineers

    Jacob Knowles is the Director of Sustainable Design at BR+A, leading the firm’s sustainability...
  • Alejandra Menchaca

    Ph.D, LEED AP, WELL AP

    Senior Associate, Sustainability | Thornton Tomasetti

    Alejandra is a Vice President in the Sustainability practice at Thornton Tomasetti, where she...
  • Kelsey Wotila Headshot

    Kelsey Wotila

    Research Fellow | EskewDumezRipple

    Kelsey Wotila joined EskewDumezRipple as the studio’s yearlong Research Fellow, exploring embodied...