Driving Down Carbon in Concrete: From One Project to the Mainstream

Concrete accounts for approximately 11% of annual global carbon emissions. It is a material too important to ignore. Learn how BU’s Center for Computing and Data Sciences applied low-carbon concrete goals and selected structural elements to reach the highest Portland replacement concrete in Boston to date. See how opportunities in design, construction and supply chain were used to substantially decrease the climate impact of concrete used. Then discover national and local low-carbon material initiatives that are underway and growing. Find out how you can participate in moving policy forward to bring low-carbon concrete to scale in the Northeast.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Harbor 1

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Approved for 1 credit hour toward AIA (LU), BOC, and NARI certification. Credit is offered for each full conference day toward MA CSL, PHI, Phius, and RESNET certification.

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  • Identify key components of concrete manufacturing and installation with respect to carbon impact
  • Utilize design and material specification methods to reduce concrete’s embodied carbon, especially in relation to a building’s structural system to yield high impact with low cost
  • Recognize common obstacles to achieving low-carbon concrete on projects and policy strategies that are being used locally and nationally to set the framework for low carbon concrete
  • Identify specific action options for green building design professionals to take on individual projects and to successfully promote New England low carbon concrete policies

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