Building Transparency loads carbon accounting toolbox for Greenbuild

Sources: Building Transparency, Seattle; CMCM staff

Clark Construction, Skanska USA, Turner Construction, Webcor and peers will join Building Transparency, host of the Embodied Carbon Calculator accounting tool for architectural/engineering/construction professionals, to launch contractorsCAN during the 2023 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, September 26-29, Washington, D.C. Building Transparency’s third Carbon Action Network, contractorsCAN seeks to decarbonize building projects through embodied carbon tracking, smart procurement, and efficient construction practices. The coalition will debut alongside pop-up events at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Booth #1323 through which the Building Transparency team showcases free, open access technologies for carbon-minded A/E/C professionals:

BEAM Estimator. Piloted by the Builders for Climate Action organization, Building Emissions Accounting for Materials allows builders, designers and developers to input their building dimensions and obtain a list of material options for a project, including carbon footprint;

EPIC Tool. Created by San Francisco architect EHDD, Early Phase Integrated Carbon supports climate-positive design decisions in early project phases by evaluating the most impactful strategies for reducing whole life carbon emissions; and,

CARE Tool. A product of the American Institute of Architects-aligned Architecture 2030 organization, Carbon Avoided Retrofit Estimator gauges the operational and embodied carbon emissions associated with reusing and upgrading an existing building or replacing it with new construction.

“As we look forward to this year’s Greenbuild Conference, I am energized by the recent increase in embodied carbon education that is present across the AEC industry,” says Building Transparency Executive Director Stacy Smedley. “Our team is eager to showcase the monumental impact that a strong ecosystem of embodied carbon accounting tools can have on the built environment through educational events at our booth and within our panel discussions.” On the latter, she notes, team members will participate in:

  • The (Carbon) A Team: Tying it all together from A1-A5, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Wednesday, September 27
  • The Embodied Carbon Landscape: A Critical Juncture for Alignment, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • Reducing Embodied Carbon in Concrete By 10% Is Easy. The Real Challenge Is the Last 90%, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Friday, September 29

Greenbuild registration, along with additional conference and exposition details, can be obtained here; information on Building Transparency and its mission here.

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