Sunday, May 10, 2020

Addressing Embodied Carbon in Residential Construction

I will attend this webinar of my ASHRAE Chapter.  I'm interested in the mass timber construction.
May 14th, 2020 - 11:30am
ASHRAE Student Chapter

Addressing Embodied Carbon
Join our Portland State University Student Chapter for their Webinar.

Addressing embodied carbon – the carbon emissions that occur during the production and installation of building’s materials – is the next big design challenge for sustainable buildings. As more buildings approach the Net Zero Energy goal (to produce as much energy as they consume) the majority of lifetime carbon emissions for a building may actually be associated with embodied carbon. Join us to hear more about MEP engineers’ roles in addressing embodied carbon, how Glumac is prepared to help our clients in this area, and some of the strategies being deployed for decarbonization, like all-electric buildings, low Global-Warming-Potential refrigerants and mass timber construction.

I think this relates to Shawood demonstration I admired at 2020 International Builders Show in Las Vegas. At the Hanley Wood Media Builder magazine booth I watched the Shawood Demonstration twice.

Here is the complete Builder booth sessions calendar handed out to show goers. 

The IBS exhibit was continuation of that seen at CES 2020, and summarized in this pdf.
New to the US: A Home Resilient to Natural Disasters  

Glimpse the technology at this Shawood web site:
Sustainable Construction Technology - Shawood Homes 

In fact, from this Shawood web site, you will understand most of what was seen in January 2020 Las Vegas Convention Center events. Imagine how quickly a home can be assembled with engineered factory-built beam elements. Exterior walls have full freedom of window and door placement. 

Know from the IBS presentation, that superior Bellburn porcelain tile siding is a very-visible element of this construction. Sample siding was on display. From the search, find this builderonline article:
Chowa Living in Balance - February 26, 2020  

Download a comprehensive white paper, from builderonline:
a deep-dive into the architecture, planning, exclusive construction techniques, consumer research, and building science behind Chōwa

Surely there is much in the sixty-year old developing technology of Sekisui House that is central to the hope of the ASHRAE webinar, Addressing Embodied Carbon.