The GreenHome Institute’s – “BEAM – What you need to know about DIY zero carbon material modeling” – Free Webinar

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The GreenHome Institute’s – “BEAM – What you need to know about DIY zero carbon material modeling” – Free Webinar

August 17, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Now we can know how to model for embodied energy or upfront carbon – Take out the guesswork!

About this event

Getting our new and existing homes to net zero energy is now easier than ever, but what is the next frontier regarding carbon reduction?

Those in the home construction industry haven’t really considered the climate impacts of the materials used for building. This course will demonstrate the extent of these material-related emissions through a new tool you can use and share the results of five major studies of material emissions from new homes.

Once we understand how to measure material emissions, we can also start finding pathways for reducing and eventually eliminating these emissions. From today’s low-hanging fruit to tomorrow’s carbon-storing buildings, the presentation will show homebuilders and designers the realistic and achievable steps to move toward real zero-emission homes.

Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in

  • Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)
  • Building Performance Institute (BPI) NonWholeHouse
  • Submitted for American Institute of Architects – AIA (HSW)
  • Certified Green Professional (NARI & CGP)
  • Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP)
  • AIBD
  • State Architect / Builder License may be applicable

Lessons Learned

  1. Recognize the two types of GHG emissions from homes: operational and material-related and identify the measurements used to quantify both.
  2. Summarize the results of five studies of material emissions from new homes and extrapolate the results to the participant’s current practice.
  3. Discover the strategies for reducing and eventually eliminating material emissions.
  4. Assess the most practical emission reduction strategies to apply to the participant’s practice.

Instructor Chris Magwood

Chris Magwood is obsessed with helping reverse climate change by making carbon-storing buildings that are also healthy, beautiful, efficient and inspiring and assisting others to do the same.

In 2022, Chris joined the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Embodied Carbon initiative within RMI’s Carbon-Free Buildings team.

From 2011-2022, Chris was a director and teacher at The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school in Peterborough, Ontario.

In 2019, he helped to establish Builders for Climate Action, and has been leading development of the BEAM carbon estimator tool for low- rise construction. He is working closely with many levels of government to develop embodied carbon benchmarks and regulatory programs, and helping developers and builders figure out how to reverse climate change with their buildings.

Chris has authored seven books on sustainable building and is co- editor of the Sustainable Building Essentials series from New Society Publishers. His new book, Building Beyond Zero: New Ideas for Carbon-Smart Architecture, is co-authored with Bruce King and will be available in June, 2022 from Island Press.

In 1998 he co-founded Camel’s Back Construction, a design-build firm focused on straw bale construction and renewable energy.

Chris has completed an MA at Trent University. His thesis, Opportunities for Carbon Removal and Storage in Building Materials which was published in the fall of 2019.

Chris is an active speaker and workshop instructor in Canada and internationally.


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