Embodied Carbon

Changes in LEED v4.1 make life cycle assessment and embodied carbon management more flexible
Changes in LEED v4.1 make life cycle assessment and embodied carbon management more flexible 600 392 Mantle

You’ve probably heard of a “LEED Building”; you may even live or work in one. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most popular green building rating system in the world. Its voluntary best-practices have played a major role in the greening of the construction industry. Canada has over 3,800 LEED buildings. Over…

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Embodied Carbon Developments Roundup: Shifting from Reporting to Meaningful Action
Embodied Carbon Developments Roundup: Shifting from Reporting to Meaningful Action 600 400 Mantle

Action on addressing embodied carbon has continued to grow since our last roundup blog in December 2017. Embodied carbon refers to upstream and downstream building emissions, including those associated with the construction material harvest, manufacture and transportation phases that are not typically reflected in annual building energy bills. For example, a highly efficient “green building” may…

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Embodied Carbon is on Governments’ Radars with Requirements Coming
Embodied Carbon is on Governments’ Radars with Requirements Coming 600 400 Mantle

Buildings are becoming increasingly energy efficient, with “net-zero” buildings on the horizon. Most efficiency gains to-date have been operationally driven; however, building emissions don’t begin with the first occupants turning on the lights and HVAC system on move-in day. Construction material manufacture, transportation to site and the construction process result in a “carbon debt” before…

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