Buildings - Special Topics in Structures

Full Session without Abstracts

341567 - Conversations about Carbon: The Embodied Carbon Network and the Structural Engineering 2050 (SE 2050) Commitment

Friday, April 20
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 204AB

This dynamic IES session will showcase the activities and highlight the guiding principles of the Embodied Carbon Network (ECN) and the SE 2050 Commitment. Launched in 2016, the ECN is a national network of architects, engineers, contractors, materials scientists, and other green building professionals committed to lowering carbon embodied in our built environment. Similarly, the SE 2050 Commitment challenges individuals and firms to pledge to achieve target reductions in the embodied carbon of their buildings and structures over the next few decades. With an objective to inspire, educate, and recruit structural engineers to the ECN and SE 2050, this session will serve as a platform for academics and practitioners alike to engage in discussion with others in the building industry who are interested in reducing the embodied carbon in buildings.
Specific questions that will be answered during this IES session are: (1) What is the mission, organization, and structure of the ECN? (2) What is the purpose of the SE 2050 Commitment? (3) What are the eight ECN Task Forces (i.e., Academia, Buildings, Materials, Renewable Materials, Construction, Policy, Outreach, and Reuse) working on, and how can I get involved? (4) How are firms using lifecycle assessment (LCA) in practice? (5) How are firms quantifying and tracking their embodied carbon? (6) How can firms contribute these data for ongoing benchmarking projects related to embodied carbon?
In addition to the 3-minute round-robin presentations, each presenter will focus three 20-minute presentations and facilitate lively discussion with participants on their topic related to embodied carbon.

Interest: This topic is of international, national, and regional interest. Embodied carbon in buildings and structures is gaining worldwide attention as lifecycle assessment (LCA) becomes more commonplace in practice. In addition, global warming due to greenhouse gas emissions is an international issue – one that individual building design professionals (and their firms) can help combat.

Target Audience: The primary target audience includes (a) structural engineering design professionals from interns to designers to project managers to firm principals, architects, contractors, construction engineers, and sustainability consultants engaged in practical green building design projects and (b) university faculty, graduate researchers, and undergraduate students engaged in structural engineering, materials science, architecture, and building science research. While the session topics will be of a moderately technical nature, audience members who are without structural design experience will also benefit from the session. Professionals engaged in green building certification, retrofit and repair, and lifecycle assessment (LCA) would also have an interest in this session, as well as general sustainability advocates.
Takeaways: By attending this session, the audience will be able to:
1. Describe the mission of the Embodied Carbon Network and the SE 2050 Commitment, and if interested, join the ECN or SE 2050;
2. Explain the mission of each of the eight (8) Task Force in the ECN, including Academia, Buildings, Materials, Renewable Materials, Policy, Construction, Reuse, and Outreach, and get involved in their initiatives, if interested.
3. Implement carbon tracking in their own projects and firms;
4. Contribute to the Database of Embodied Quantity Outputs (DeQo) to help collect data on embodied carbon of building projects;

Speakers: 1. Wil V. Srubar III, Ph.D., A.M. ASCE, LEED AP
University of Colorado Boulder (wsrubar@colorado.edu)
Topic: Embodied Carbon Network: Overview, Structure, and Mission

2. Kate Simonen, AIA, SE, LEED AP
University of Washington (ksimonen@uw.edu)
Topic: Embodied Carbon Network: Buildings – LCA Practice Guide

3. Bruce King, PE
Ecological Building Network (bruce@ecobuildnetwork.org)
Topic: Embodied Carbon Network: Renewable Materials – The New Carbon Architecture

4. Mark Webster, P.E. (MA, CA), LEED AP BD+C
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (MDWebster@sgh.com)
Topic: Embodied Carbon Network: Materials – PCR & EPD Directory

5. Melissa Bilec, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh (mbilec@pitt.edu)
Topic: Embodied Carbon Network: Academia

6. Frances Yang, LEED AP
Arup (frances.yang@arup.com)
Topic: SE 2050 Overview and Mission

7. Dirk Kestner, LEED AP
Walter P Moore (DKestner@walterpmoore.com)
Topic: LCA Project Examples

8. Ken Maschke, P.E., S.E., LEED AP
Thornton Tomasetti (kmaschke@thorntontomasetti.com)
Topic: Carbon Counting Initiatives @ Thornton Tomasetti

9. Leif Johnson, P.E., S.E., LEED AP
Magnusson Klemencic Associates (ljohnson@mka.com)
Topic: LCA Model Specification

10. Wil V. Srubar III, Ph.D., A.M. ASCE, LEED AP
University of Colorado Boulder (wsrubar@colorado.edu)
Topic: Quantifying Carbon Sequestration Potential

Wil Srubar

Assistant Professor
University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Srubar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering program at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is an active member of ASCE and the American Concrete Institute, and he currently serves as co-chariman of the Embodied Carbon Network.

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Wil Srubar

Assistant Professor
University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Srubar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering program at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is an active member of ASCE and the American Concrete Institute, and he currently serves as co-chariman of the Embodied Carbon Network.

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Kate Simonen

University of Washington

Dr. Simonen found and leads the Carbon Leadership Forum, who established the product category rules for concrete EPDs.

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Mark D. Webster

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

Mark D. Webster has been designing, analyzing, and investigating concrete, steel, masonry, and wood structures for over twenty-five years. His commitment to the health of the planet and its inhabitants has led him to investigate the intersection of sustainability and structural engineering practice. He is a founding member and current Vice-Chair of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Sustainability Committee. He led the development of the committee’s technical report addressing the climate impacts of structural materials and co-authored the committee’s “Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer.” He presently heads the Sustainability Committee’s Carbon Task Group.

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Melissa Bilec

Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Melissa Bilec is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering. She serves as the Deputy Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation and is a Roberta A. Luxbacher Faculty Fellow. Her current work encompasses urban community health, the built environment, life cycle assessment, and indoor air impacts. She is particularly interested in improving system-level environmental performance of buildings, while developing a deeper understanding of indoor environmental quality, occupant impacts, and energy use. Dr. Bilec has 106 peer reviewed publications and has secured external funding from diverse sources, including 9 National Science Foundation grants. She has also been funded by the Heinz Endowments, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, State of Pennsylvania, National Institute of Health via Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Department of Energy. Dr. Bilec is passionate about improving undergraduate and graduate education and recently developed a new M.S. degree and led in the creation of a University-wide Undergraduate Certificate. She has been recognized with four education excellence awards, including the Carnegie Science Center Award in Higher Education. She was an invited speaker at the National Academy of Engineers Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium and served as the local lead for the White House Frontiers Conference. She currently serves in leadership positions with the Green Building Alliance; International Living Futures, Living Product Hub; Embodied Carbon Network; and the National Institute of Health, Health in Buildings Roundtable.

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Frances Yang

Buildings Sustainability Group
Arup

Frances Yang is a structures and materials sustainability specialist in the Buildings Sustainability Group of the San Francisco office of Arup. Frances uses her studies in structural engineering, life cycle assessment, architecture for the environment, and green chemistry in leading the Sustainable Materials Consulting practice for the Americas region of Arup. She has recently served as vice-chair of the Materials and Resources Technical Advisory Group of USGBC and chair of the ASCE/SEI Life Cycle Assessment working group. She also contributes to the Carbon Leadership Forum, the AIA Materials Knowledge Working Group.

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Ken Maschke

Vice President
Thronton Tomasetti

Ken Maschke, P.E., S.E., LEED AP is a Vice President at the Toronto office of Thornton Tomasetti. He also participates in the ASCE SEI Sustainability Committee. Ken is responsible for the growth of the Renewal and Forensics practices in Canada. An expert in building failure investigation, structural rehabilitation, recladding and adaptive reuse projects, Ken recently relocated to Toronto after spending 14 years in the Chicago office.

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Kelly Roberts

Principal
Walter P Moore

Kelly Roberts , P.E., LEED AP BD+C is a Principal and Project Manager at Walter P Moore with structural design experience ranging from educational and healthcare facilities to high-rise office towers. She is currently serving as Engineer of Record and Project Manager for a $400 million corporate office development in metro Atlanta. She leads WPM’s Sustainable Design Community of Practice for the structures group; specializing in life cycle assessment and the use of sustainable and salvaged materials. She is a founding board member of a non-profit material reuse center, the Lifecycle Building Center of Greater Atlanta, as well as a member of the Structural Engineering Institute Sustainability Committee and the Carbon Leadership Forum. Kelly was recently named as one of the 100 Most Influential Women by Engineering Georgia Magazine. She is also a 2017 Design Futures Council Emerging Leader and an ENR Magazine Top Young Professional.

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