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Embodied Carbon and the Envelope, a WebReach with Kingspan

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About This Program

Building Envelopes are among the systems that can have the largest embodied carbon impact on a building. Traditionally envelope systems and materials are chosen for aesthetics, cost, and operational energy, but embodied carbon is equally important. Learn how carbon is broken out between operational and embodied, the basic concepts of an LCA and EPD’s, strategies for selecting and comparing insulation and cladding systems.

Session Takeaways

  • Design and specify enclosure systems that utilize low embodied carbon materials for structure, insulation and finishes strategically to improve building performance.
  • Learn the basic concepts of what and LCA is, the areas that are included and the resulting data that feeds the creations of EPDs.
  • Assess traditional and alternative façade and building envelope materials for their embodied carbon impact looking at the assembly and specifically the insulation.
  • To demonstrate and quantify the embodied carbon impacts of material selection, calculated using whole-building life cycle assessment (LCA).

Learning Units

CSI: 1.0 LU
*May be submitted for domain specific learning units to CDT recertification, and/or general learning units for CCCA, CCS, and CCPR.
AIA: 1.0 LU/HSW*
*Approved for 1.0 AIA HSW LU.

Relevant Practices

General Project Delivery
Specifying/Information Management
Product Selection/Specification
Construction Management/Construction
Quality Assurance/Quality Control
Ownership/Property Management


  • Brent Trenga, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP

    Brent has truly run the construction industry gamut serving in various roles including Architect, Developer and even project owner, allowing him to fully understand the sustainability ecosystem. As Sustainability Director for Kingspan North America, Brent is committed to reducing the environmental impact of business operations, products and services through continuous improvement and environmental transparency.

    Since 2015 Brent has led Kingspan North America’s material health and transparency program while driving a culture of Healthier Building, Healthier Planet, Healthier People across Kingspan’s global footprint.

    Brent also leads Kingspan’s Planet Passionate program looking after the America’s, supports strategic planning for the business development group and provides insight on current and future sustainability initiatives keeping Kingspan at the forefront of our industry.

May 1, 2024
Wed 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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