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Wednesday, September 14 • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
The Time Value of Carbon: Getting to Zero by 2050
TRACK: Net Positive Products + Enterprise

The Paris climate accord set ambitious targets requiring a rapid reduction in carbon emissions. The current carbon reduction strategy for buildings focuses on new, zero net energy buildings. Two other sources of emissions may be even more important to address in the near term:
  • Embodied emissions from building materials, products and construction processes
  • Operating emissions from existing buildings

This session will look at embodied carbon emissions in relationship to total building emissions and show designers and builders how to use tools to estimate embodied carbon and make materials choices that will reduce embodied carbon in their buildings.


Speakers
avatar for Dirk Kestner

Dirk Kestner

Director of Sustainable Design, Walter P Moore
Dirk Kestner is a Principal and Director of Sustainable Design for Walter P Moore.  In his role at Walter P Moore, Dirk provides sustainability oversight for the company’s geographically diverse portfolio.  He has pursued Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment (WBLCA) credits within multiple building rating systems including both LEED Pilot Credits, LEED v4, and used WBLCA to inform structural systems as part of a recent Living... Read More →
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Kate Simonen

Associate Professor, Carbon Leadership Forum Director, University of Washington
Kate Simonen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington with over 15 years of professional practice experience. Her research is focused on understanding and reducing the environmental impacts of manufacturing building materials and products through the use of environmental life cycle assessment. She is founding director of the Carbon Leadership Forum, an industry-academic collaborative focused... Read More →
avatar for Stacy H. Smedley

Stacy H. Smedley

Director of Sustainability, Skanska
Stacy’s resume includes the first LEED for Homes Platinum certified project in Washington and first project in the world certified under Living Building Version 2.0, the Bertschi School Living Science Building. At Skanska, Stacy is Director of Sustainability, leading sustainable initiatives and progressing sustainable construction methods. Stacy is committed to engaging her community in sustainable building and served as founding member... Read More →
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Larry Strain

Principal, Siegel & Strain
Larry Strain is a founding Principal of Siegel & Strain Architects in Emeryville, CA, with a 40-year background in sustainable design. He authored the guideline specifications for sustainable materials which were incorporated into BuildingGreen’s GreenSpec Directory. Mr. Strain served on the board of the Northern Cali­fornia Chapter of the U S. Green Building Council, and currently serves on the board of the Ecological Building... Read More →


Wednesday September 14, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
DLLCC: Room 325 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222