A Sustainable Path Forward — Embodied Carbon and EPDs

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 | 3pm ET

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Along with energy conservation measures, sustainability trends are continuously becoming more robust with high focus on carbon emissions, product transparency, and resiliency. Importantly, the embodied carbon impacts of building materials are becoming one of the primary measurements of a product’s sustainability. The use of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) is increasing where understanding the inputs and outputs of the life cycle assessment are critical. This course will provide insight into these topics using stone wool insulation as an example, and relate them to overall durability, energy efficiency, and occupant health and comfort.  

These topics will be explored within the infrastructure of green building certification metrics and schemes such as LEED and local sustainability initiatives will be integrated. Best practices and user-friendly tools and resources to assist with sourcing sustainable products will be highlighted.

Learning objectives


  • Understand the impact and benefits of stone wool insulation in relation to energy efficiency and carbon emissions. 
  • Understand how to read and interpret Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) of building insulation products.  
  • Identify design strategies to improve the environmental footprint of buildings, along with improving the health and well-being of building occupants related to acoustical and thermal comfort, indoor air quality and fire protection. 
  • Translate these findings and source appropriate environmental documentation to specify stone wool insulation for green building schemes such as LEED. 

This free course is brought to you through a partnership with Rockwool. By registering for this course, you grant AIA permission to share your name and email address with Rockwool.

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  • Alejandra Nieto


    Sustainability Manager | Rockwool 

    Alejandra’s role as Sustainability Manager at Rockwool is defining and implementing sustainability...