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Embodied Carbon Series

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If you’re not considering embodied carbon as part of each project’s CO2 emissions, this series is for you. Embodied Carbon 101 is designed to help AEC professionals understand embodied carbon and immediately apply that knowledge to projects to reduce emissions and get to zero carbon. Unlike operational carbon, which can be reduced during a building’s lifetime, embodied carbon is “locked in” as soon as a building is completed. Over 12 courses, you’ll learn how to measure, manage, and implement practical solutions from expert practitioners including architects and sustainable building product manufacturers. Buildings contribute about 40% of the world’s carbon emissions, and embodied carbon is a big slice of the pie. Let’s all do our part to get to zero together.

This series was presented by the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) with support from CLF Boston, the Boston Hub of the Carbon Leadership Forum. The Embodied Carbon 101 advisory group was Suni Dillard AIA, HMFH Architects; Lori Ferriss AIA, Goody Clancy; Julie Janiski, Buro Happold; Lisa Carey Moore, Integrated Eco Strategy; Jacob Deva Racusin, New Frameworks Natural Design/Build; and Rachel White, Byggmeister Design/Build. Embodied Carbon 101 was sponsored by Ark Woods & Services; Goody Clancy; Huber Engineered Woods; Kingspan; Nordic Structures; Select Building Products; and Thoughtforms. Series partners were AGC MA; Built Environment Plus; the International Living Future Institute; and the Structural Engineering Institute.

Series expires on 11/14/2026.

Learning Objectives

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Review embodied carbon basics with an emphasis on how to immediately apply that knowledge to projects to reduce emissions and get to zero carbon.

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Learn how to measure, manage, and implement practical solutions from expert practitioners including architects and sustainable building product manufacturers

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Understand common carbon certifications and commitments to guide your firm's carbon strategy.

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Learn how to communicate about embodied carbon to clients and collaborators, creating engaged partners in all your projects.

Instructors
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AIA, PE

Lori Ferriss is a leader in sustainable stewardship for the built environment. As Goody Clancy’s Director of Sustainability and Climate Action, she leads research and project initiatives and advocates within the broader profession for policies and practices that advance climate action goals.

Lori plays a leadership role on projects at educational institutions that are renewing heritage campuses while advancing climate action goals. She serves as project manager and forensic specialist on numerous Goody Clancy projects, and her sustainability leadership includes incorporating life cycle assessment as an integrated step of the design process.

Within the broader design community, Lori’s leadership is shaping our understanding of building reuse as a key measure towards meeting climate change mitigation goals. At the national level, she serves as a founding member and co-chair of the Zero Net Carbon Collaboration for Existing and Historic Buildings (ZNCC), a collaborative committed to achieving a zero net carbon built environment through responsible reuse of existing buildings that was formed by APTI, AIA, RAIC, ICOMOS, and Architecture 2030. Most recently, the City of Boston asked Lori to serve on its carbon mitigation policy Technical Advisory Group. Her article for ArchitectureBoston on embodied carbon attracted significant attention both locally and nationally.

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Stephanie’s work investigates the interaction between the natural and constructed environment, including embodied carbon, life cycle assessment (LCA), urban ecology, landscape performance and supply chains and toxicity of building materials. Combining a background in environmental science and architectural design, she builds bridges between research and practice, bringing data-driven analysis and topical research to complex design problems. This experience will be applied towards improving the EC3 tool as well as other carbon data initiatives at the Carbon Leadership Forum.

She most recently was a Principal at KieranTimberlake Architects where she was an environmental researcher in the firm’s interdisciplinary research group. She is also a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design and a Co-Editor-In-Chief of Scenario Journal.

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Stacy has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington, and 15 years in the architecture and construction professions. At Skanska, Stacy leads sustainable initiatives and opportunities and is considered a subject matter expert in LEED and Living Building Challenge certifications, with a passion for reducing materials toxicity and carbon emissions associated with construction. She is the co-creator of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3), an industry-wide, open-source tool for quantifying and reducing the carbon of building materials.

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Frances specializes in how environmentally preferable and healthier materials contribute to whole-life sustainability performance of our built environment. She is active on the Carbon Leadership Forum, AIA Materials Knowledge Working Group, and Health Product Declaration Technical Committee. She also recently vice-chaired the USGBC LEED Materials and Resources TAG and led authorship of two recently published texts: the SEI Whole Building LCA Guide: Reference Building Structure and Strategies, and the AIA Prescription for Healthier Building Materials: A Design and Implementation Protocol. In leading Arup's Americas Sustainable Materials Consulting practice, Frances has brought healthy and low-carbon aims into the day-to-day consideration of materials alongside selection for their technical performance on a variety of buildings and infrastructure projects.

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FAIA

Since 1984, Kalin Associates has prepared specifications for over 4,000 projects worldwide, over 600 Massachusetts MGL Chapter 149 and MGL Chapter 149A public bid projects, 300 projects seeking sustainable design certifications (LEED, Living Building Challenge, Well, Passivhaus), master specifications for over 500 building product manufacturers, and design standards for many public agencies, universities and trade associations.

Mark Kalin lectures frequently on sustainable design, specifications, and the integration of specifications and BIM. 

He is the author of the original GreenSpec and founder of the Sustainable Facilities Practice Group of the Construction Specifications Institute.

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Mikhail Davis is Director of Technical Sustainability at Interface. He is responsible for advancing Interface’s globally recognized Mission Zero and Climate Take Back commitments in the Americas by building internal leadership capacity and creating external partnerships that shift the market toward sustainability. He also chairs the LEED Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group for the US Green Building Council. Previously, he served as manager to environmental icon David Brower and spent five years with Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting building sustainable business strategies for Fortune 500 companies. He holds a B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University and is a certified Biomimicry Specialist.

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Chris Magwood is obsessed with helping reverse climate change by making carbon-storing buildings that are also healthy, beautiful, efficient and inspiring. Chris is currently the executive director of The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario. The school runs a full-time certificate programs – Sustainable Building and Design – and hosts dozens of hands-on workshops annually.

In 2019, he helped to establish Builders for Climate Action, which will be rolling out a set of tools and policy options to help governments, designers and builders reverse climate change with their buildings.

Chris has authored seven books on sustainable building, including Essential Sustainable Home Design (2017). He is co-editor of the Sustainable Building Essentials series from New Society Publishers, and recently, he contributed a chapter to the book The New Carbon Architecture. In 1998 he co-founded Camel’s Back Construction, and over eight years helped to design and/or build more than 30 homes and commercial buildings, mostly with straw bales and often with renewable energy systems.

Chris has completed an MA at Trent University. His thesis, Opportunities for Carbon Removal and Storage in Building Materials which was published in the fall of 2019.

Chris is an active speaker and workshop instructor in Canada and internationally.

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Assoc. AIA

Jesce is a designer at Perkins&Will and a leader in embodied carbon advocacy. She approaches emissions reduction from a whole-systems perspective, with interest in carbon sequestration and innovation. She pursues research alongside design via her work as a Living Futures Ambassador, member of the Carbon Leadership Forum Community, and member of Perkins&Will’s Material Performance and Building Technology labs.

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FAIA, PE, FASHARE, LEED Fellow, HBDP, BEMP

Mr. Nall is Vice President and Regional Director of High Performance Solutions at Syska Hennessy Group. Most recently he served as a Senior Vice President at Thornton Tomasetti. Mr. Nall is a professional engineer, a Fellow of the AIA, a LEED Fellow, an ASHRAE fellow and certified Building Energy Modeling Professional, and a certified High Performance Building Design Professional. He was Vice Chair of the ASHRAE Standard 189 committee, was a Director of the USGBC NY Chapter, the AIA National Committee on the Environment, and Vice Chairman of the USGBC Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. He was one of Engineering News Record’s “Newsmakers of 2007.” He received the “Outstanding Practitioner Award” from the US Chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) in 2004. He was an author of six of ASHRAE’s ten Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDG), and is the AIA Representative on the AEDG Steering Committee. He was recipient of the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award and New York Chapter, ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award. He has been a faculty member at the Schools of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Cornell University and Columbia University. He has been involved in energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings for over 30 years and is the author of numerous papers in professional and technical journals.

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PE

Chris O'Hara PE, SECB is a Founding Principal of Studio NYL, a Colorado-based structural engineering and facade design studio with offices in Boston and Minneapolis. Chris and Studio NYL are members of the Carbon Leadership Forum and signatories to the Structural Engineering Institute’s 2050 Challenge and the AIA's 2030 Challenge.

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AIA

Melanie is part of Payette's Building Science Group. She works with design teams to meet rigorous sustainability targets through data-driven investigation. She co-leads research efforts on embodied carbon and implementing a healthy material policy. Melanie educates the design team on issues relevant to building performance, while understanding which elements are critical to the building’s design.

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AIA

Christopher is an architect with Bruner/Cott Architects. He is interested in design that builds community while addressing the impact of climate change. Christopher leads project teams to identify common goals and specific solutions. It is Christopher's goal to make a positive impact on the built environment while sharing his experience with future designers.

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Catherine is a born and devoted New Yorker, and an R.A. on the SWA Enclosure Team with 28 years’ experience in enclosure diagnostics and detailing, historic preservation and architectural design.

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AIA

As a Sustainability Leader at HMFH, Suni has quickly established herself as an in-house resource and champion for the integration of social, environmental, and economically sustainable solutions to design challenges of all sizes. She advocates for equitable access to architecture and has enjoyed working on educational projects throughout her career.

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Jeremy Gregory is a research scientist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT and the Executive Director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub.

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PE

Michael is an associate at LeMessurier, a structural engineering firm based in Boston, and serves as chair of the SEI (ASCE-Structural Engineering Institute) SE 2050 Committee, which is developing a national SE 2050 Commitment Program to promote net zero carbon structural systems by 2050 and provide quantitative tracking demonstrating progress to that goal.

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Ph.D, LEED AP, WELL AP

Alejandra is a Vice President in the Sustainability practice at Thornton Tomasetti, where she leverages her background in mechanical engineering and building science to provide project teams with advanced sustainable design knowledge as well as energy modeling and occupant comfort expertise. She leads the firm’s research efforts, which are aimed at gaining a deeper understanding of the impact unique technologies and design strategies have on a building’s performance. Alejandra is a voting member of ASHRAE Standard Project Committee 62, a member of the USGBC Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group, and a Technical Committee member of the IBPSA Boston Chapter. She holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT with focus on Building Technologies, and has lectured at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Julie Janiski leads integrated high performance building design teams at BuroHappold Engineering. Her key interest is to align the process and results of technical analysis to solutions that enhance design, building performance and ultimately the health, wellness and experience of the building by occupants and visitors.

Julie’s recent work includes multiple commercial projects in the Boston Seaport with WS Development, a high-performance corporate headquarters campus in Baltimore for Under Armour, a number of new office buildings for U.S. Embassy projects internationally for the U.S. State Department, an integrated “roadmap” plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by the year 2050 (80×50) for the City of New York, and The House at Cornell Tech – a residential high-rise in New York City which is certified Passive House and LEED Platinum.

Julie received a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Master of Design Science in Sustainable Design from the University of Sydney, and is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University as well as a visiting critic at a number of other universities.

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Jacob Knowles is the Director of Sustainable Design at BR+A, leading the firm’s sustainability consulting team. He is the champion for over 2 million square feet of Net Zero projects, winning awards such as AIA COTE Top Ten, I2SL Go Beyond, and grants for high performance and zero net energy buildings. He is also a board member of the Boston Society for Architecture.

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Kelsey Wotila joined EskewDumezRipple as the studio’s yearlong Research Fellow, exploring embodied and operational carbon across a portfolio sample of projects. Her research put real world cost to ZEROCODE and Architecture 2030 targets for a range of project types. She then transitioned into full-time staff, in order to apply this research and advance all projects towards a more sustainable future.

Kelsey graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Master of Architecture, and earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado Boulder. After practicing architecture and design, she moved toward understanding impacts of the building industry and built environment. An emerging professional in carbon accounting, Kelsey has the skillset to convey complexity at an introductory level. Her work with EskewDumezRipple results in simple guidelines for architects to understand impacts of their design decisions.

She maintains that the role of architect should be as advocate, for the client and for the site, and on a macro scale, for the planet. The resulting architecture is the solution that fulfills the needs of the land, the user, and future users. As architects, she believes it is our role to blend numbers and beauty in creating sustainable spaces that people love.

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Lisa has extensive experience helping clients achieve healthier materials goals, primarily through the lens of LBC’s “Red List.” The work requires close collaboration with the A/E design team, manufacturers, specifiers, and contractors to develop processes for incorporating healthier materials, and more importantly, ensuring they’re installed in the final project. These strategies can be employed to achieve better outcomes for embodied carbon. She’s strongly committed to ensuring that in meeting our carbon objectives, we’re not compromising the health of building occupants or the community at large. Lisa is Senior Sustainability Analyst at Integrated Eco Strategy.

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Andrew is Founder & CEO of Doors Unhinged, the first US company to exclusively sell reclaimed commercial doors systems. Since launching Doors Unhinged in 2018, Mr. Ellsworth has delivered high-quality products to a wide array of commercial clients, outfitting numerous renovations and new building projects across Western Pennsylvania with reclaimed materials. His pioneering work proves that there is, in fact, a market for construction material reuse at a larger, commercial scale.

Mr. Ellsworth is committed to circular economy, community investment and zero waste principles, presenting his vision and approach to carbon reduction in the construction industry at national conferences; most recently at Carbon Positive ‘20 and Decon & Reuse Conference. As a result of his success with Doors Unhinged, he hopes to inspire a larger movement, spurring more businesses to enter the commercial building material reuse ecosystem.

Prior to starting Doors Unhinged, Mr. Ellsworth worked in sustainable enterprise development, LEED consulting, and healthy high-performing schools. He served for six years on the board of Construction Junction, a local material reuse nonprofit, and volunteers regularly as an environmental health advocate and kids’ soccer coach. Andrew has a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two children.

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LEED AP+ BD&C

Josh Jacobs is responsible for standard and outside code participation and authority having jurisdiction engagement for UL Environment & Sustainability. In this role he helps develop and track the environmental and public health programs/codes/purchasing programs that are being utilized and developed throughout the world. As a LEED AP+ BD&C, he has been able to assist architects, designers, specifiers, and builders understand how to utilize products to build a more sustainable project.

Josh has served on over 20 sustainable committees, including but not limited to USGBC’s Pilot Credit Committee and LEED Steering Committee, ASHRAE 189.1, 2012/2015/2018 NAHB National Green Building Standard, ANSI/BIFMA E3 joint committee, Fitwel Advisory Council, and he served on the original water and IEQ work group that developed the first public draft of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

He is also a recurring guest lecturer at multiple universities and has spoken on sustainable building practices and purchasing policies at many conferences and continuing education events on five continents. Josh also served as Chairman of the US Technical Advisory Group for ISO 20400 Sustainable Procurement, Chairman of the 2015 NAHB Material & IEQ Working Group, Vice Chair of Green Globes Material Task Group, and Chair for USGBC’s Pilot Credit Committee. He is currently the Vice Chair for ASHRAE 189.1 committee and the incoming 2021 LEED Steering Committee Chairman.

In his role Josh has helped numerous AHJs develop and implement sustainable purchasing policies and requirements, including but not limited to: the US General Service Administration, the US Military through the UFGS, the State of California, the city of New York, the Building Construction Authority of Singapore, and numerous universities and private businesses. Josh has also helped develop influential materials, human health, product emissions, and indoor air quality criteria in numerous global codes and rating systems, including but not limited to LEED v4 and v4.1, Fitwel, Green Globes, CALGreen, IgCC, ASHRAE 189.1, and BREEAM.

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Candon is a materials specialist experienced in product research, specifications, and sourcing in commercial design with an emphasis on Retail and Hospitality Design.

She is passionate about sustainability and ethical sourcing as well as volunteering in the local design community. Candon is an Associate at MG2.

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Brian a designer, builder, timber framer and woodworker with over 20 years’ experience in building and design. Before moving to Vermont, Brian operated Lakeshore Building Company in the Central New York lakes region, with focuses on historical restorations and timber framing.

Founding BWC in 2012, the company continues to evolve, offering a range of consultation design and construction services. Brian is guided by a reverence for the natural environment endeavoring to have a positive impact on conventional building practices toward goals of sustainably constructed high performance structures, net-positive atmospheric carbon reduction, occupant health, and social justice. BWC contributes to the forward progression and use of plant-based building systems, local resources as a viable and affordable method of construction, as well as standing in support of environmental and social reform.

Brian is a PHI Passive House Consultant, PHUIS Passive House Designer/ Consultant, BPI Building Analyst, Efficiency Vermont High Performance Partner, Board Member of Vermont Passive House, NESEA Triple Bottom Line Member/Company and a supporting member of the Timber Framers Guild.

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Michael Orbank is a rising construction sustainability advocate currently working at Commodore Builders as the company sustainability lead. In his time at Commodore, Michael has founded the Carbon Committee, a collaboration of employees looking to improve the carbon footprint and make significant changes to Commodore policies. Office composting, subcontract changes, and a new construction waste diversion program are just the starting initiatives that this committee has begun to put into motion.

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Jacob Deva Racusin is co-owner of New Frameworks Natural Design/Build, offering services in green remodeling, new construction, consultation, and education featuring low-impact high-performance building technologies. Jacob is also Program Director of the Certificate in Building Science and Net Zero Design at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School, and is a BPI-certified contractor and Certified Passive House Consultant. A member of the Carbon Leadership Forum’s Renewable Materials Task Force, Jacob has been active in introducing sustainability measures into building codes.

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Maggie leads the Americas consulting team at Sphera, formerly thinkstep. Additionally, she works with manufacturers in the building and construction industry to provide sustainability consulting and to conduct life cycle assessments (LCA). She also plays a crucial role in the development of Tally™, which enables Revit® users to conduct whole building LCAs.

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Maureen Mahle is an engineer and specialist in high performance homes. As Managing Director of SWA’s Sustainable Housing Services, Maureen has spent the past dozen years at SWA encouraging developers, designers, and builders to think holistically and build meticulously. She has certified tens of thousands of green dwelling units in 10 states under LEED for Homes, Enterprise Green Communities, ENERGY STAR and other programs. Maureen works to tie human health to energy efficiency and green building, and her projects have been early adopters of Active Design Guidelines and the Fitwel standards for healthy buildings.

Maureen participates in market transformation at both the local and national scales through numerous committees and research initiatives. She initiated the development of the LEED for Homes Multifamily Midrise rating system adaptation and served as a member of the USGBC LEED v4 task force, and co-chaired the national LEED Technical Committee and New York City’s post-Hurricane Sandy Building Resiliency Task Force Special Committee on Homes. Maureen is also a contributor to several publications and is a former board member of Home Energy magazine – she has co-published research papers for SWA’s Consortium for Advanced Residential Building (CARB) and the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) Residential Green Building background paper for NAFTA. Maureen has provided support to the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development with inspections, testing, analysis, and information dissemination of hurricane resistant housing, panelized construction technologies, high performance HVAC, domestic hot water, and ventilation systems.

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AIA

Gwen Fuertes is co-chair of the AIA National 2030 Working Group, and is an Associate and building scientist at LMS Architects, San Francisco-based firm. She leads the firm’s efforts to achieve the AIA 2030 Commitment goals, and is the leader of the local SF-based “2030 huddle” that includes representatives from dozens of local firms. Gwen is a licensed architect, with a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Masters in Architecture and Building Science from UC Berkeley. Gwen is passionate about mentorship and education, and holds lecturer positions in architecture, buildings and performance at both California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design. She is a member of the USGBC National LEED Technical Committee.

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Haley supports the Zero Energy and Zero Carbon Certification programs at the International Living Future Institute. She provides technical guidance on how buildings can achieve net-positive carbon on a life cycle scale while maximizing their energy efficiency.

Haley recently completed her master’s thesis wherein she performed a whole-building life cycle assessment (LCA) of a Living Building to identify where high environmental impacts occur over the building’s life cycle. She brings this knowledge of both Living Buildings and LCA to ILFI in order to administer the Zero Energy and Zero Carbon Certifications through a technical lens while considering comprehensive life cycle impacts; this allows her to approach problems with a systems perspective. She has experience working for large energy companies and general contractors, and is elated to finally have made it to her dream career of working on green buildings.

A civil engineer by training, Haley received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech along with a Master of Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a diehard Hokie fanatic (as they all are) and misses Blacksburg dearly, but is thrilled to be living in Seattle as she is much closer to her Southern California family. While not daydreaming about green buildings, Haley enjoys watching and playing soccer, catching up on her favorite shows, and enjoying the beautiful landscape of the PNW.

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David is passionate about designing architecture that improves the lives of individuals and their communities. Prior to earning his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at the University of New Mexico and a Master of Architecture with a Certificate in Ecological Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, David designed and built off-grid and passive solar homes. With this background, David approaches architecture through the eyes of a designer, ecologist, craftsperson, and builder. David is a Certified Passive House Designer, the first elected President of the Greater Philadelphia Passive House Association, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Temple University where he teaches energy modeling seminars. At Re:Vision, David provides architectural design and high-performance / Passive House consulting services.

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FAIA

Gunnar Hubbard is a recognized leader in the green building industry in the U.S., Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He has more than two decades of experience as a licensed architect, consultant, educator and sustainability advocate. In his role as Thornton Tomasetti's Sustainability practice leader, he oversees green building experts in our New York City, London, San Francisco, Boston and Portland offices, who have performed more than 400 LEED and BREEAM certifications. Gunnar specializes in creating high-performance, low-energy, healthy buildings. He focuses on advancing the firm’s building analytics capabilities and expertise in the Passive House, Living Building Challenge and WELL certification systems. Gunnar was inducted into the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED Fellow in 2012 and as an American Institute of Architects Fellow in 2015.

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Hon. AIA, LEED Fellow

Nadav Malin is a passionate facilitator, leading workshops and retreats to help organizations of all types find alignment, inspiration, and leadership in pursuit of their goals. He convenes peer networks of architecture firm Sustainable Design Leaders, Sustainable Construction Leaders, and others. He facilitates gatherings and consults to USGBC, AIA, large corporations, government agencies, and architecture firms. And he helps project teams with charrette facilitation and design process support to achieve optimal outcomes.

Nadav is also the building industry’s acknowledged go-to resource when you need thoughtful perspective on the materials and design solutions that define sustainable building practice. As president of BuildingGreen, he oversees the company’s industry-leading information and community-building websites BuildingGreen.com and LEEDuser. He served as executive editor of GreenSource magazine throughout its highly decorated seven-year run.

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AIA

Kate works to ensure building performance simultaneously creates social, health, environmental, and economic benefits for the people and places that are touched by Arrowstreet’s work. She works closely with clients to enhance their missions and meet project goals. Kate directs Arrowstreet’s Strategic Building Performance Plan. She brings her expertise in net zero, embodied carbon, integrated design, materials evaluation, occupant engagement, and building certification to all of Arrowstreet’s projects. Kate also facilitates Arrowstreet’s meeting the AIA 2030 Commitment.

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AIA

Since joining Shepley Bulfinch in 2004, Matt has led complex projects for the country’s leading academic institutions, including Amherst College, Johns Hopkins University, and Xavier University. His recent work with Smith College and Loyola University Maryland further showcases Matt’s values-based approach to sustainability to create healthier buildings for both people and the planet, while providing clients with creative solutions to sustainability through an integrated design process. His expertise in green building has been recognized by colleagues and clients alike, with recent presentations on healthy building materials at Greenbuild and the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP) conferences.

Matt holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Master of Urban Design from The City University of New York. He is a member of the Boston Society for Architecture.

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Rachel joined the company in 2009 after having hired Byggmeister to renovate her master suite. She started as a consultant helping to develop standards and goals for energy and water use, and indoor air quality and to track these over time. After she became an employee, her role evolved to include project management. In her current role Rachel splits her time between overseeing the company and shepherding projects through the planning process.

One of the things that Rachel feels distinguishes Byggmeister is the emphasis on performance. “During project planning we look for opportunities to improve comfort, efficiency, air quality. In other words, we plan to improve performance. Then, once the project is over, we measure how we did and apply the lessons learned to future projects. It’s a virtuous circle.”

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AIA

Andrea Love is a Principal and the Director of Building Science at Payette, the 2019 AIA Firm Award recipient for their work fusing design and building performance and has worked on four recent COTE Top Ten Award winning projects.  At Payette, she integrates building performance into all of their work and leads their internal research efforts. She was the Principal Investigator on the AIA Upjohn Grant research grant focused on thermal bridging and lead the development of Payette’s Glazing and Winter Comfort tool. She is a Lecturer at MIT and Harvard on building performance, and has her BArch from Carnegie Mellon and a Masters in Building Technology from MIT where she was the recipient of the Tucker-Voss Award. She was recently on AIA COTE Advisory Group, is a past chair of the AIA 2030 Working Group, and currently serves as on the board of the Boston Society of Architects. She was a 2017 recipient of the AIA Young Architect Award and is a LEED Fellow.

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Colin Booth is the Strategic Director of Placetailor, a Boston-based design-build-develop cooperative focused exclusively on Passive House and Zero Emissions workforce housing. With 20 years in design, Colin's expertise is in the integrated design process and integrated delivery models necessary for the rapid adoption of more sustainable solutions.

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Assoc. AIA

Barbra Batshalom is founder and President of the Sustainable Performance Institute. She is an industry leader whose vision has led to the creation of programs transforming the market from public policy to professional practice. Her work focuses on the intersection of systems, processes and culture. With a diverse background of fine arts, social psychology and 20 years in architecture and sustainability consulting, she brings a variety of skills to her work and a unique perspective engaging the human dynamics of decision-making and creative collaboration to technical work. She's an educator, public speaker and change agent that works with a wide range of governmental, institutional and private sector organizations to help them institutionalize sustainability and achieve measurable improvements in performance and profitability. SPI's Roadmap provides a framework to help firms institutionalize sustainability and deliver consistent, high quality sustainability services and was adopted by the US government last year. She teaches Sustainable Real Estate Development in Brandeis' Int'l Business School.

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Steven is a Sustainability Manager at Consigli Construction Co., Inc., a regional construction firm based in Massachusetts.

Steven has guided the sustainability process on over ten million square feet of projects across many different building types and sizes, including but not limited to: k-12 schools, higher education facilities, mid-rise and high-rise residential, commercial interiors, retail interiors, and commercial office buildings. He has been a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Health Leaders Network, is a LEED and WELL Faculty member, a Fitwel Ambassador, and a Certified Passive House Consultant.

He has a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University, and he blends business and science to specialize in sustainability, resiliency, and health and wellness strategies for the built environment.

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As the Corporate Responsibility Officer for Thornton Tomasetti, Amy Seif Hattan works with the firm’s executive leadership to "green" the corporation's operations across more than 50 office locations and achieve greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals internally and externally in the firm's projects. She co-leads Thornton Tomasetti's Embodied Carbon Community of Practice, is on the Board of the Carbon Leadership Forum, and is a co-initiator of the Structural Engineers 2050 Challenge. She has long been actively involved in Thornton Tomasetti’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment through such programs as the TT embodied carbon measurement study and development of Beacon, an open-source embodied carbon optimization tool. With over 25 years experience working in the field of sustainability, Amy was an early champion of campus sustainability efforts and she worked as senior staff at Second Nature, the organization that founded the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. She received a Masters of Public Administration of the Harvard University Kennedy School, where she focused on climate change policy and organizational change.

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After pursuing degrees in Environmental Studies and Environmental Management, Kimberly has spent the past 13 years working on interdisciplinary teams tackling some of the built environment’s most pressing sustainability challenges, with a particular focus on climate change. As the Research Knowledge Manager for Perkins&Will’s Research Group, she draws upon her background in research and sustainability consulting to help bridge the gap between various practices and the innovative research happening across the firm.

Courses

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Embodied Carbon 101: Basic literacy

This course features an expert panel of AEC practitioners and researchers who define the embodied carbon issue and key terms and concepts—including health and sustainability implications. They provide information on data resources and rating systems available to support and execute embodied carbon decisions during design, specification, and construction. The panel also discusses how information on the embodied carbon and environmental impacts of building materials and products can be incorporated into design decisions and influence project outcomes. They use case studies to illustrate different life cycle assessment (LCA) types, structural systems, and implementation of embodied carbon design decisions through construction.

This course expires on 11/14/2026.

1.00 LU|HSW
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Embodied Carbon 101: Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

Learn what environmental product declarations (EPDs) are—plus how to write them, how to read them, and how to they can be integrated into your work to reduce the embodied carbon impacts of a project. Get familiar with the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) tool, including its applications and the limitations posed by available EPDs. Learn what it takes to create an EPD—whether you’re a manufacturer or an advocate—and learn what to focus on when you’re deciphering EPDs that others have written. Get introduced to the concept of biogenic carbon and how biogenic carbon in EPDs can help you to select carbon-smart materials.

Course expires 11/14/2026

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Embodied Carbon 101: Envelope

Envelopes are among the systems that 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 to apply embodied carbon strategies when designing your next façade system, including strategies for renovating existing buildings, insulation, and selecting cladding materials.

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Embodied Carbon 101: Structure

Structure accounts for a significant portion of a project’s embodied carbon. In this course, a panel of structural engineers and researchers discusses the positives and negatives, with regard to embodied carbon, of using concrete, steel, and timber each as primary structural materials. Panelists share ways to reduce and measure the embodied carbon impacts of each structure material–-through material makeup and specification, material reduction, material sourcing, and reuse.

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Embodied Carbon 101: MEP

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.

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Embodied Carbon 101: Interiors

This course focuses on the impact of interior product selection on embodied carbon work with an overview of some specific product types that are typical to the interior scope. It includes an introduction to resources for interior product information—including embodied carbon impacts as well as materials health. The course also looks at strategies for lower-carbon interiors, including salvage and reuse, research, and goal-setting.

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Embodied Carbon 101: Procurement

This course focuses on the role that contractors and builders can play in reducing the embodied carbon in their work. Speakers discuss opportunities for carbon reduction at multiple project stages, highlighting the importance of a collaborative design and project team (including client) for diverse construction practice types—including small design/build, mid-size local firm, and large international firm. They suggest strategies for incorporating embodied carbon reduction into everyday workflow—from the discrete (e.g. contracts) to the broad (workplace culture and commitments). Procurement is essential to the reduction of embodied carbon—ensuring what is specified for reduced carbon makes it into the project, among other things.

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Embodied Carbon 101: Carbon accounting

This course introduces the process of carbon accounting. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is the tool used to quantify the carbon footprint and other environmental impacts of a material or assembly. Presenters define the basic terminology related to LCA as well as summarize the process of life cycle assessment. Overall, the course illustrates how the principles of carbon accounting can be applied to design and construction at all scales, using the breadth of data and tools available.

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Embodied Carbon 101: Certifications + Commitments—Overview

Our built environment is not as sustainable, healthy, safe, equitable or inclusive as it needs to be. As design professionals we have the ability to address the global climate crisis and influence health and well-being. Health is a growing concern for homebuyers, designers, and builders alike. Building professionals are not health professionals, but we have more influence on people’s health than we may realize. We also have tools to help influence building systems and components which impact not only health, but embodied carbon and operation carbon outputs. The course includes comparisons of Indoor airPLUS, Enterprise Green Communities, LEED for Homes, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, WELL Building Standard, Fitwel, and the Active Design Guidelines. The course explores the benefits and drawbacks to using certification programs, looks at the influence they’ve had on code, and discusses their impact on our built environment—including the ways that embodied carbon considerations do or don’t factor into each program.

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Embodied Carbon 101: Certifications + Commitments—A deeper dive

Take a closer look at how embodied carbon is incorporated—or will be incorporated—into sustainability programs for the industry and how carbon-thoughtful design is streamlined or incentivized through these programs. The course begins with a look at the established AIA 2030 Commitment, its success in addressing operational energy, and its next iteration, which will include embodied carbon. The AIA 2030 Commitment discussion is followed by an introduction to the SE 2050 Commitment, which is an embodied carbon-focused commitment born out of the Structural Engineering Institute, to be launched in November 2020.

After looking at example commitments, the course introduces the International Living Future Institute’s Zero Carbon Certification, a relatively new certification that looks holistically at operational energy and embodied carbon. And, following Zero Carbon, the Passive House certification is introduced, suggesting ways that practitioners can account for embodied carbon while pursuing this performance-focused certification. Through discussing four major industry sustainability programs, this course will help practitioners to distinguish where embodied carbon is built into certifications and commitments, and where embodied carbon considerations might need to be engineered into design and certification processes for holistic carbon reduction. AEC practitioners will receive the knowledge to evaluate and leverage certifications and commitments for the greatest impact.

Course expires 11/14/2026

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Embodied Carbon 101: Making the Case

Addressing embodied carbon in one’s practice requires strategy, communication, and collaboration. This course addresses how AEC practitioners can speak with clients and collaborators about embodied carbon to demonstrate the value of reducing embodied carbon and to provide pathways to reduce its impacts in projects and the environment. Learners will hear from sustainability professionals whose practices represent traditional architectural firms, large engineering and consulting firms, and small design/build practices who share approaches to reducing embodied carbon in cooperation with clients, including: managing client choices by selecting and presenting low embodied carbon materials and designs; marketing and external communications; making the economic case for use of low embodied carbon materials and designs; drawing parallels between embodied carbon and materials and occupant health; and developing mutual goals and values with clients and project teams from the early stages of a project.

Course expires 11/14/2026

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Embodied Carbon 101: Process + Firm Culture

In order to make true progress toward carbon reduction, carbon-thoughtful design must be part of the AEC industry’s standards and culture, instead of approached on a project-by-project basis. Hear from sustainability leaders representing a range of practices, including architecture, engineering and consulting, construction, and design/build firms who share the vision and infrastructure of their own firms’ sustainability and embodied carbon practice, and elaborate on how they arrived at a place where sustainable design and construction is built into their firms’ cultures. These leaders identify barriers to adopting carbon-thoughtful design and strategies for breaking down those barriers, including leveraging existing cultural and industry structures (for example: the AIA 2030 Commitment) and strengthening the connections between the existing values of firm leadership (for example: operational energy reduction; for example: materials and occupant health) and carbon reduction.

Course expires 11/14/2026

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