Thornton Tomasetti is proud to have acted as an adviser on the first stage of the LCA for Low Carbon Construction project funded by The Charles Pankow Foundation, Skanska USA and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is the method used to quantify the carbon emissions that occur when extracting materials and making building products, otherwise known as ’embodied carbon’. Although there is growing recognition of the need to track and reduce embodied carbon emissions, industry professionals need better data and guidance on how to implement low carbon methods in practice. As Platinum sponsors of the Carbon Leadership Forum and a pioneer in embodied carbon data collection, Thornton Tomasetti was invited to serve on the advisory committee for the Embodied Carbon Benchmark Study, the first stage of the project.
Duncan Cox, Senior Project Consultant in the Sustainability Practice, advised on methods of data collection, process and interpretation. This project compiled the largest known database of building embodied carbon and created an interactive database platform with the assistance of Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE studio.
Thornton Tomasetti donated data collected from more than 500 internal projects to the database. This stage of the project established consensus on the order of magnitude of typical building embodied carbon, identified sources of uncertainty and outlined strategies to overcome this uncertainty. The report summarizes the key findings of this research and provides the foundation for the second stage of this Carbon Leadership Forum project, the development of an LCA Practice Guide due by the end of 2017.
The report can be accessed at www.pankowfoundation.org.
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