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Embodied Carbon in Design
Center for Architecture + Design
Tuesday 26 Sep 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
26 Sep 2023
The building sector accounts for 40% of annual GHG emissions, and embodied carbon will constitute the majority of emissions from new construction through 2040 (Architecture2030). In this talk, architects will learn how to reduce emissions on their projects using environmental life cycle assessment (LCA). We will introduce basic LCA terminology and modeling principles as they apply to a design context, and we will offer strategies to evaluate building systems and materials with a particular focus on building envelopes.
Speaker's Bio: Ryan Welch is a Principal at KieranTimberlake and a member of the firm’s Research Group, a transdisciplinary group engaged in modeling, monitoring, and prototyping of the built environment. His work focuses on analysis, simulation, and performance modeling, primarily through the development of software tools. Specializing in building performance, Ryan creates workflows and ways of envisioning data to solve architectural problems. Ryan's projects include development of a custom interactive dashboard that enabled the Rice University to study master planning scenarios; Roast™, a customizable thermal comfort survey application; and Tally®, an LCA application that allows architects to calculate the environmental impact of building materials.