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Embodied Carbon: How to Identify and Minimise the Impact of Materials Without Compromising System Performance (Presented by AIA)

14 Jun 2024
Theatre One

This CPD will help you understand how to identify and minimise the environmental impact of building materials such as plasterboard and insulation without compromising building system performance. This session will explore the importance of reducing embodied carbon alongside operational carbon: the role of material selection in reducing embodied carbon, the differences in the types of environmental claims made by product manufacturers and the role of life cycle analysis in providing specifiers with the information needed to accurately assess products during selection. We'll aslo explore how to interpret Environmental Product Declarations (EPD's) to calculate the embodied carbon content of a product, and the implications of chosen materials, components and systems.

At the end of this presentation you should be able to:

  • Use the terminology of Façade Design

  • Explain the key considerations of Façade Design

  • Describe the aspects of Façade performance

  • Assess and discuss the applications of different Façade types

This presentation will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the National Standard of Competency for Architects 2021: 

Practice Management and Professional Conduct

PC10: Demonstrate understanding of the whole life carbon implications of procurement methods, materials, components and construction systems.

Project Initiation and Conceptual Design

PC24: Be able to prepare and analyse project development options in response to a project brief – its objectives, budget, user intent and built purpose, risk and timeframes, including environmental sustainability considerations

PC31: Be able to identify, analyse and integrate information relevant to environmental sustainability – such as energy and water consumption, resources depletion, waste, embodied carbon and carbon emissions – over the lifecycle of a project.

PC35: Be able to assess operational and embodied carbon implications of materials, components, construction systems and supply chains (including transport) to achieve net zero whole life carbon when developing design concepts. This includes integrating relevant consultant expertise and advising on the impact of chosen materials, components and systems on carbon outcomes.

Steve Smith, Product and Systems Manager - Asia Pacific - KNAUF
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