Embodied Carbon and the Envelope


Building Envelopes are among the systems that can have the largest embodied carbon impact on a building. Traditionally envelope systems and materials are chosen for aesthetics, cost, and operational energy, but embodied carbon is equally important. Learn how carbon is broken out between operational and embodied, the basic concepts of an LCA and EPD's, strategies for selecting and comparing insulation and cladding systems.

Learning objectives

  • Design and specify enclosure systems that utilize low embodied carbon materials for structure, insulation and finishes strategically to improve building performance.
  • Assess traditional and alternative façade and building envelope materials for their embodied carbon impact looking at the assembly and specifically the insulation 
  • Learn the basic concepts of what and LCA is, the areas that are included and the resulting data that feeds the creations of EPD's
  • Demonstrate and quantify the embodied carbon impacts of material selection, calculated using whole-building life cycle assessment (LCA). 


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    Brent Trenga


    Director of Sustainability | Kingspan Insulated Panels North America

    Brent Trenga is Director of Sustainability for Kingspan Insulated Panels North America. His...