Cutting Carbon: Embodied Carbon 101 (Series Part 1)

Cutting Carbon: Embodied Carbon 101 (Series Part 1)

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the built environment contributes nearly 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions due to the embodied and operational carbon associated with making and using buildings. A relatively recent focus for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry has been a focus on identifying, quantifying, and reducing the embodied carbon in our systems. Programs like the American Institute of Architects 2030 Commitment and the Structural Engineering Institute SE 2050 Commitment have advocated for net-zero emissions targets on projects, leading the industry to develop several tools and methodologies across jurisdictions to speed our response.

In the first session of our “Cutting Carbon” webinar series, we will introduce embodied carbon and its environmental impacts on the built environment, discuss ways the industry reports embodied carbon, and share strategies to reduce embodied carbon on current and future projects.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the causes and consequences of carbon emissions related to the AEC industry.
  • Recognize the role that embodied carbon plays in a building’s overall carbon footprint.
  • Identify reporting and benchmarking tools and approaches to track carbon on projects.
  • Discuss methods and opportunities to help reduce embodied carbon on future projects.


Cutting Carbon: Embodied Carbon Discussions for Sustainable Buildings 

As global temperatures increase, so do discussions about reducing the environmental impact of building projects. For decades, the industry has focused on lowering operational carbon in buildings by decreasing energy usage. More recently, we now recognize the importance of reducing the embodied carbon in our projects caused by extracting, fabricating, transporting, installing, maintaining, and disposing of building materials and raw material components. Complicating matters, balancing operational and embodied carbon at the same time can lead to conflicting priorities and challenging discussions about retrofitting existing buildings versus designing new and efficient ones.  

In this four-part webinar series, experts from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger will explore these topics from varying angles, including overall sustainability concerns, building enclosure system design, and structural material considerations. 

Join us for the rest of the series:

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Julia Hogroian
Julia Hogroian | Consulting Engineer

Julia Hogroian is a structural design engineer at SGH with expertise working on educational and institutional projects in the New England area. In addition to new design efforts, Julia has worked on a variety of investigations and renovations, including seismic upgrades of existing buildings and conversions of existing buildings into new laboratory spaces. Beyond project work, she is a member of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Sustainability Committee and is a leader of SGH’s SE 2050 Working Group, helping to champion SGH’s project reporting efforts. 

Andrea Bono
Andrea Bono | Senior Consulting Engineer

Andrea Bono has experience designing, investigating, and rehabilitating commercial, health care, educational, civic, hospitality, residential, and LEED buildings, with a focus on below-grade spaces, podium decks, exterior components and cladding, and roofs. Andrea has collaborated with architects, contractors, building owners, homeowners, and sustainable design consultants to design, analyze, and repair aspects of the building enclosure.