Embodied Carbon and the Envelope

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Kingspan Insulated Panels
Presented by Andy McIntyre, CSI CCPR

Learning Objectives:

  1. Design and specify enclosure systems that utilize low embodied carbon materials for structure, insulation and finishes strategically to improve building performance.
  2. Learn the basic concepts of what and LCA is, the areas that are included and the resulting data that feeds the creations of EPDs.
  3. Assess traditional and alternative façade and building envelope materials for their embodied carbon impact looking at the assembly and specifically the insulation.
  4. To demonstrate and quantify the embodied carbon impacts of material selection, calculated using whole-building life cycle assessment (LCA).


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

In the fight against climate change, efforts intensify against the planet’s number one enemy—carbon dioxide. The building industry will play a significant role in these efforts. Embodied carbon—the global greenhouse gas emissions generated from sourcing raw material and processing, manufacturing, transporting, and installing building materials—will be the target over the next decade. This course will define embodied carbon, its impact on greenhouse gas emissions, the construction industry's impact, and the methods and tools that building designers can employ to limit embodied carbon.


Photo courtesy of Kingspan Insulated Panels


 Andy McIntyre, CSI CCPR, is Regional Sales Manager for Kingspan | Benchmark. Andy has served the AEC industry for 23 years in various sales, marketing and technical capacities. He is actively involved in the Construction Specifications Institute, having previously served as President of the Indianapolis Chapter and is a Certified Construction Product Representative. He currently serves on the USGBC Indiana Market Leadership Advisory Board, and is a member of the Building Enclosure Council.


Kingspan Insulated Panels

Kingspan is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of insulated metal panels and architectural panel systems. Kingspan Insulated Panels revolutionize the future of the built environment with high-performance building envelope solutions pioneering better technologies and methods of building for a low carbon world.

We are passionate about working together in the industry and through our NEW IKON innovation center and Planet Passionate 2030 Vision, we are confident that together, we can move to a clean energy future, manage the earth’s resources more sustainably and protect our natural environment. Learn more about our insulated metal panel offerings at www.kingspan.com.


Originally published in June 2022