Embodied Carbon

Materials Matter: Materials and Carbon Emissions

This course will help you make well-informed materials selections that will positively impact the planet for years to come.


No architect can deny the importance of choosing the right materials. You choose materials for their color, texture, strength, beauty, and utility—and, often, for their impact on the planet. Materials selection plays a crucial role in reducing the carbon footprint of a built environment.

In this course, you'll learn how to lower carbon footprints significantly through a greater awareness of carbon emissions. Presenters will illuminate the relationship between embodied carbon emissions and total building emissions, and highlight tools to estimate embodied carbon. You'll also gain the information you need to select materials that significantly reduce embodied carbon since the next 25 years will be critical in terms of reducing our carbon footprint. 

Learning objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Chart the relationship of embodied carbon to overall project emissions
  • Identify the high embodied carbon materials in their buildings
  • Prioritize material choices to lower carbon emissions
  • Identify strategies to reduce carbon emissions through material efficiency
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Average: 4 (62 votes)
 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • GBCI
  • RIBA


  • Erin McDade

    Erin McDade

    Program Manager, Architecture 2030

    Erin McDade is a Program Manager for Architecture 2030 and the 2030 Challenge for Products Lead....
  • Robert Otani

    Robert Otani


    Principal and Special Structures Leader, Thornton Tomasetti

    Mr. Otani is a Principal with more than 20 years of experience in design and project management of...
  • Kathrina Simonen

    AIA, SE

    Associate Professor, University of Washington

    Kathrina Simonen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of...