Heritage Network Working Group 3 is a team of architecture, engineer, construction, public policy and other professionals dedicated to the quantification of carbon in the built environment for the purpose of lowering that quantity to zero. Working Group 3 has identified tools that measure carbon reduction from building reuse, and compares the carbon saved with the carbon released for new construction of a building with similar utility.
This webinar reviews tools used for construction industry carbon quantification and focuses on a tool that calculates the quantities of carbon not used to provide historic buildings for modern uses. Using case studies of completed projects this webinar illustrates a compelling environmental case for building reuse and its part in the goal for zero carbon emissions.
Decarbonizing existing and historic buildings provides one of the best opportunities to meet Paris Agreement Climate targets, because construction and material procurement represents about 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions and up to 70% of large city emissions.
Reduce, reuse, repair, recycle is the mantra to lower humanity’s carbon footprint in the environment. Imagine the impact on carbon reduction if this mantra was followed in the construction industry, a major contributor of greenhouse gasses.