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Embodied Carbon 101: Certifications + Commitments—Overview

September 13 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm

AIA Richmond is partnering with Va. COTE to present Embodied Carbon 101 on Tuesdays through Oct. 4 from noon-1:30 p.m.

Examine various aspects of certification programs including their incorporation of embodied carbon considerations.

Our built environment is not as sustainable, healthy, safe, equitable or inclusive as it needs to be. As design professionals we have the ability to address the global climate crisis and influence health and well-being. Health is a growing concern for homebuyers, designers, and builders alike. Building professionals are not health professionals, but we have more influence on people’s health than we may realize. We also have tools to help influence building systems and components which impact not only health, but embodied carbon and operation carbon outputs. The course includes comparisons of Indoor airPLUS, Enterprise Green Communities, LEED for Homes, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, WELL Building Standard, Fitwel, and the Active Design Guidelines. The course explores the benefits and drawbacks to using certification programs, looks at the influence they’ve had on code, and discusses their impact on our built environment—including the ways that embodied carbon considerations do or don’t factor into each program.

Earn 1.5 AIA LU|HSW


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