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New Design Resources for Embodied Carbon Targets
New Design Resources for Embodied Carbon Targets

Thu, Oct 26



New Design Resources for Embodied Carbon Targets

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Oct 26, 2023, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EDT


About the event

Toronto Metropolitan Museum (TMU) and RDH Building Science have complete a The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) funded project to develop embodied carbon guidelines and data resources for building enclosures. The result of this work is a public database of enclosure assembly material quantities to be used in embodied carbon calcs—before drawings exist. The value of this data to the market is:

  • Making early-stage design decisions about insulation levels, cladding choices, and enclosure assembly type with respect to the embodied carbon.
  • Providing data for updating performance targets for whole building embodied carbon. The targets used in CAGBC’s Zero Carbon Building and Toronto Green Standard are based on benchmark data. As EPDs improve and change for individual materials, this database can aid in updating these standards on an accelerated timeline.
  • Helping manufacturers and designers understand what the most important levers with respect to embodied carbon in enclosure systems are.
  • Understanding the impact of new low carbon materials when incorporated into various enclosure assemblies.

About Our Speakers:

Kelsey Saunders, M.B.Sc., Certified Passive House Designer, LEED AP BD+C, achieved her Master of Building Science from Ryerson University and has a bachelor’s degree in architecture. After growing up in cottage country, she made the conscious (albeit questionable) decision to move away from the lakes and trees and commit to building a career in Toronto. The city is where she continues to make the greatest impact in environmental and social sustainability in both her personal and professional life. Prior to joining RDH at the beginning of 2019, Kelsey worked for nearly 5 years as the lead building scientist at a growing architectural practice, consulting on a wide range of projects within the residential and commercial sectors. She has extensive experience with both new construction and rehabilitation projects. Kelsey believes that the key to any successful project is an integrated team with a wide range of knowledge and expertise.

Rehanna Devraj-Kizuk  is a Building Science Engineer and Project Manager working in Sustainability Design and Consulting with a passion for developing infrastructure that creates and sustains liveable communities in Canada.


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