Announcing a New Research Product on the Carbon Leadership Forum: Embodied Carbon Benchmark Study

The Charles Pankow Foundation is pleased to announce a new research product resulting from a research project sponsored by the Charles Pankow Foundation.

RGA #04-16; Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for Low Carbon Construction

  • University of Washington

  • PI: Kathrina Simonen, AIA, SE; Professor

The Embodied Carbon Benchmark Study is 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, building industry professionals need better data and guidance on how implement low carbon methods in practice.

This project compiled the largest known database of building embodied carbon and created an interactive 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 stage two of this project, the development of an LCA Practice Guide due by the end of 2017.

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CLF Embodied Carbon Benchmark Study: LCA for Low Carbon Construction Part One

By: Simonen, K. Rodriguez, B., Barrera, S., Huang, M., McDade, E,.

Strain, L.

CLF Embodied Carbon Benchmark Research 17.01.31

By: Simonen, K. Rodriguez, B., Barrera, S., Huang

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The Charles Pankow Foundation wishes to acknowledge the co funding contributions to this research project from Skanska USA and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.