Embodied Carbon Part 1: The Blind Spot of the Building Industry
SEPT 19, 2019

Our industry mostly ignores embodied carbon, even though it will account for almost half of total new global construction emissions between now and 2050. This lecture will provide an overview of embodied carbon in the building industry, including:

  • Importance of embodied carbon

  • Relevant policies and standards

  • Building LCA software tools

  • Embodied carbon of key materials (concrete, steel, wood)

  • Design strategies for reducing embodied carbon

An associated Embodied Carbon Workshop with guided discussions and brainstorming on the topic will be held in the afternoon at the Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex).

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Anthony Pak is Principal at Priopta, one of the first firms in North America to provide a Parametric Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) consulting service for buildings. He is also the founder of Embodied Carbon Catalyst, a group that organizes bi-monthly events in Vancouver empowering industry professionals to champion the issue of embodied carbon on their projects and within their firms.

Anthony Pak, P.Eng., MSc.
Principal | LCA Consultant


Dr. Paul Toyne

Dr. Paul Toyne

Practice Leader of Sustainability and Growth | Grimshaw


Dr Paul Toyne has a diverse background, having worked all over the world as an environmental campaigner, conservationist and sustainable built environment specialist. Within the fields of property and construction, he has held Group Sustainability and Environment Director roles at LendLease, WSP and Balfour Beatty. His project experience includes all elements of the built environment, from flagship buildings and developments to infrastructure. Paul is a London Sustainable Development Commissioner appointed by the Mayor of London in 2010 and a member of the UK Government Green Construction Board’s infrastructure working group.

He is also a non-executive director and independent advisor to business and government including clients such as Volvo, Polypipe, Anglian Water, Skanska and Cory Riverside Energy. From 2010 until 2018, he was chair of the sustainability group at Constructing Excellence.

Paul has a PhD from Imperial College London and is a fellow at both the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment and the Royal Society of the Arts. He also has a species of butterfly, one of several he has discovered, named after him.