16.8 Certification Systems: CaGBC

Author: Jazmin Wolff ABSTRACT: The CaGBC, Canadian Green Building Council, sets the standards for the green building certification system and educates its members about sustainable practices. They are a not-for-profit organization that studies environmental and economic factors in order to learn from them and accelerate the transformation of green buildings throughout Canada. CAGBC : What … Continue reading 16.8 Certification Systems: CaGBC

6.1 Materials: Cement and Concrete

Author: Sydney Smeets ABSTRACT: Concrete is the most universally used building material that defines urban infrastructure. The chemical process to create cement and other ingredients that form this artificial rock are highly carbon intensive. It is only through rethinking this material, its chemical properties, and our reliance on it that the building industry can lower … Continue reading 6.1 Materials: Cement and Concrete

4.1 Carbon: Embodied Carbon

Author: Patricia Alves ABSTRACT: Embodied Carbon refers to all CO2 emissions associated with material and construction processes throughout the whole lifecycle of a building or infrastructure. (Figure 1 - Image: WorldGBC Embodied carbon call to action report, 2019) MAIN: “Buildings are currently responsible for 39% of global energy-related carbon emissions: 28% from operational emissions, from … Continue reading 4.1 Carbon: Embodied Carbon

4.3 Carbon: Carbon Life Cycle

Author: Renée Trecroce ABSTRACT: Carbon lifecycle is a “cradle to grave” approach to assessing the carbon footprint of a product or resource. Emissions produced during production, manufacturing, operation and disposal phases contribute to a complete carbon audit. The application of carbon lifecycle assessment to international agreements can address issues of accountability in the global marketplace. … Continue reading 4.3 Carbon: Carbon Life Cycle