According to the European Commission, 80% of the environmental impact of a product or a building is determined in early-phase design. Whether you’re considering embodied carbon, landfill waste, toxic chemical exposure, or greenhouse gas emissions, the decisions that designers make about the materials and the processes they’ll use have a tremendous impact on the final footprint. Ben Thompson, director of sustainability at Autodesk, shares how new digital tools can help you automate the previously onerous task of analyzing that impact in advance. The Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3), created by Skanska, is one example. It enables architects and stakeholders to make informed decisions by quickly assessing the embodied carbon of a BIM model and comparing different outcomes by changing materials and quantities. And generative design tools can take this one step further, automating the process of comparison.
About the speaker
Ben Thompson is the director for sustainable business and head of employee impact at Autodesk. He develops partnerships and programs that scale positive impact and drive value with customers. He is a LEED Green Associate with experience in building operations and urban planning.
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