This course examines the principles associated with carbon emissions over the life of a building. The carbon footprint of a building does not begin when the building becomes operational but rather during design and continues through demolition or deconstruction. The role that design and construction professionals play in regard to product transparency will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the principles of carbon emissions and carbon neutrality (net zero carbon footprint) and how they can contribute to sustainable building practices.
  • Explore the difference between operational and embodied carbon emissions and their relationship over the lifecycle of a building.
  • Review options for the reduction of carbon emissions, particularly embodied carbon emissions.
  • Examine the concept of product transparency and how transparency tools can be used in green design and construction.

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of carbon emissions.