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Photo courtesy of 475 High Performance Building Supply.
Photo: Courtesy of 475 High Performance Building Supply.
2/24/21, 6pm - 8pm
2.0 LU / 2.0 HSW

*This event will be occurring as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program.*

Reducing embodied carbon in residential building

Making up about 11% of global greenhouse gases annually, embodied carbon (EC) generated throughout the building sector needs to be addressed if we plan to meet the decarbonizing goals set by scientists and policy makers. Embodied carbon has not been the focus of the building industry, yet is making up an increasingly larger share of the total carbon as buildings become higher performing. Decarbonizing the material selection and reducing EC not only has benefits to the sustainability of a structure but can also carry with it benefits to cost, resilience, and reputation.  

This webinar will highlight what EC is and where EC hot spots are in building construction. The relationship between operational and embodied carbon will also be discussed providing best practices to ensure a low EC can be achieved without compromising energy performance.  

A review of online services to analyze EC will provide attendees with the resources to calculate EC and ensure responsible materials are being used in projects.  

Existing barriers and limitations to the design and construction of low EC buildings will be discussed as well as promising new low EC technologies and materials on the horizon.  

Jordan Dentz,
Vice President, The Levy Partnership, Inc.
Dr. Ken Simons, Associate Professor of Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Nick Shaw, Product Consultant, 475 High Performance Building Supply

Guest Speakers:
Greg Hale, Senior Advisor for Energy Efficiency, NYSERDA
Patrick O’Shei, Director of Market Development, NYSERDA

About the speakers:
Jordan Dentz is vice president of The Levy Partnership, Inc., a research and consulting firm specializing in building performance and energy efficiency. Dentz has consulted on numerous Passive House projects in New York including, in 2009, the Hudson Passive Project, the first to be certified in New York State. He has been a lead consultant with NYSERDA’s RetrofitNY Projects, pioneering deep energy retrofit strategies for residential buildings. He holds a M.S. in Building Technology and a B.S. in Architecture, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Ken Simons is Associate Professor of Economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Simons was previously a faculty member in Economics at Royal Holloway College of the University of London, where he was Chairman of the Network of Industrial Economists and organizer of several conferences. He completed his Ph.D. in 1995 at Carnegie Mellon University.

Nick Shaw is the leading product consultant at 475 High Performance Building Supply, a cutting-edge environmental building material supplier based in Brooklyn, NY. Shaw is a PHIUS certified Consultant and Builder working in the high-performance building field for 11 years primarily on integrated design-build projects. He has a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Education from Warren Wilson College.

Greg Hale is Senor Advisor for Energy Efficiency and Patric O’Shea is Director of Market Development at The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, known as NYSERDA. NYSERDA promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy resources. NYSERDA works with stakeholders throughout New York including residents, business owners, developers, community leaders, local government officials, university researchers, utility representatives, and entrepeneurs. NYSERDA’s mission is to advance innovative energy solutions in ways that improves New York’s economy and environment.



Organized by
AIANY Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN)
Photo courtesy of 475 High Performance Building Supply.
Photo: Courtesy of 475 High Performance Building Supply.
2/24/21, 6pm - 8pm
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