The GreenHome Institute’s – “Rethinking Building Carbon Accounting” – Free CE Webinar

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The GreenHome Institute’s – “Rethinking Building Carbon Accounting” – Free CE Webinar

June 22, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

You will learn to rethink building carbon accounting.

Details about this event

Are we addressing carbon emissions all wrong?

Climate disruption represents the most significant challenge our generation must face. With global and national economic policies recognizing the magnitude of risk posed by climate disruption, meeting that challenge requires a focused, deliberate, and thorough effort to reduce and, if possible, eliminate the net carbon generated in the construction and operation of the buildings that we design.

Scott Farbman with DataBased+ (dbHMS’s human-centered, research-driven design studio) will review the decisions faced by owners, developers, and designers in trying to achieve whole building carbon emission reduction.

This webinar will explore in detail the impact both HVAC and Envelope design decisions have on the total carbon emissions of a building and answer the question, “Are the decisions we think support a low-carbon building really achieving that goal, and if not, can we do better?”

Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in

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

Lessons Learned:

  1. Understand what role the built environment plays in total global greenhouse gas emissions
  2. Learn in more detail about the relationship between Embodied and Operational carbon emissions
  3. Recognize the impact refrigerant has on total carbon emissions
  4. Realize the role triple pane windows play in a Life Cycle Assessment


Instructor: Scott Farbman

Scott is a registered licensed architect, Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®), and LEED accredited professional who leads innovative research, provides sustainability consulting, and high-performance project management at Databased+, a studio within dbHMS. His recent research revolves around whole building carbon LCA and the impact early phase design decisions has on the total carbon footprint of a development.

He assists project teams in developing sustainable strategies to reach low carbon goals, which includes consulting for both MEP, architectural design, and owner operations. Overseeing projects ranging from 50-story mixed-use developments to small-scale community forward libraries, Scott delivers a comprehensive green building knowledge base as well as a unique sustainability perspective, not only for the project, but also for all members of the team.

Outside of Databased+, Scott is currently the chair for the AIA Chicago 2030 Commitment Group, an initiative that sets goals and measure industry progress towards net-zero energy and carbon performance by the year 2030. Scott is also an active participant in the City of Chicago’s Building Decarbonization Working Group, providing his professional insights to assist in the creation of a decarbonization plan for the city. Additionally, he also volunteers with the Illinois Green Alliance’s Energy Ambassador program, which focuses on community outreach to promote simple energy efficient measures that can be done at any home to save utility costs and improve carbon footprint.

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