Nature in the Space

Bring green things into projects so that people have a strengthened connection with the natural outdoors.

  • ~8 hours/week
  • ~ongoing
  • Anyone
  • Jacob Dunn, Chris Chatto, Ashleigh Fischer, Baha Sadreddin

  • Core Questions

    • PD - What is the impact of different structural systems (wood, steel, concrete) on my project’s overall life cycle assessment (LCA) and carbon footprint?
    • PD - What is the embodied carbon benchmark for my building type?
    • PD - What theoretical baseline will I be comparing future LCA studies against?
    • SD - What are the biggest targets/opportunities for carbon footprint reduction?  (Requires more granular breakdown of structural takeoffs)
    • SD - How can we reduce LCA impacts and carbon footprint of structure and envelope through geometric changes and structural optimization?
    • SD - How can we reduce LCA impacts and carbon footprint through material changes?  (wood vs. other materials, for example)
    • SD - How much savings can be achieved by using better insulation materials? (other than foam, for example)
    • SD - What impacts can salvaged or reused materials have on my projects LCA impacts and overall carbon footprint?
    • SD - What are the potential embodied carbon savings of sustainable forestry?
    • SD - What amount of carbon footprint savings can I expect from better concrete mixes?
    • DD - What key specifications should I be targeting for costing and to ensure LCA and carbon reductions are achieved in procurement?
    • DD - What materials should I require Environmental Product Declarations for?
    • CD - Can I specify global warming potential limits for certain products in my specifications?
    • CD - How many LEED points can I achieve if pursuing the MR Credit: Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction, Option 4. Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment?
    • CA - How does the submitted concrete mix compare to the NMRCA baseline for our region?  Can it be improved? (focus on ratio of cement and % of SCMs)


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