Wed, Jun 09



CLF DC || Reducing Embodied Carbon in Design (Part 2)

Process and Strategy

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CLF DC || Reducing Embodied Carbon in Design (Part 2)

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Jun 09, 2021, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT


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In Part 2 of our series on Reducing Embodied Carbon in Design, we will focus on Process and Strategy. Chris Chatto and Baha Sadreddin (ZGF Architects) will kick us off on their experience and process working through projects with a focus on embodied carbon and life-cycle assessments. Michael Cropper (Thornton Tomasetti) will then dive into some structural strategies to reduce embodied carbon in design. The event will end with a discussion and Q&A session with the speakers.

Chris Flint Chatto is a principal and high-performance building specialist at ZGF. He focuses on integrating architectural design and building systems, working closely with project teams throughout all phases of a project to explore, identify and integrate sustainable design components, and optimize for building and occupant performance. He has taught climate responsive design, net zero energy, and integrated design studios at the University of Oregon, University of Washington, and Portland State University.  His recent Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center project has been hailed as one of the highest performing buildings in the U.S., achieving Living Building Challenge petal certification with Net Zero Energy, and LEED Platinum certification, while operating “net positive.”  Current projects in design include the PAE Living Building and two carbon-neutral central utility plants.

Baha Sadreddin is a high-performance design specialist at ZGF Architects. He focuses on climate-responsive optimization through quantitative simulations and is interested in an integrated approach that leads to a meaningful balance between the quantitative performance and the qualitative essence of design. Baha has been integral to the development of ZGF’s life-cycle assessment tools and workflows to analyze carbon in concrete mixtures and envelope assemblies. His fluency with LCA modeling helps provide a deep understanding of applying low-embodied carbon strategies to ZGF’s designs. Baha received a Master in Design Studies in Energy and Environments from Harvard University (GSD), took graduate courses in Building Technology at MIT, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Oregon.

Michael Cropper is a structural engineer with Thornton Tomasetti in their Washington, DC, office.  He has over thirteen years of experience designing structures for commercial, retail, residential, hospital, government and cultural projects.  Mr. Cropper also gained an increased awareness of global design and construction practices by working for four years in Thornton Tomasetti’s UAE offices.  He is currently the project manager for the structural design of a large commercial office complex that is targeting significant reductions in embodied carbon.

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