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TEAM CARBON

Embodied Carbon & Sustainability

Through reducing, quantifying and strategizing for embodied carbon, KL&A can help reduce embodied carbon in built structures, leading to .... against climate change.

KL&A is the nation's premier provider of Structural Life Cycle Assessment.

We offer Embodied Carbon Impact Reports, Structural Life Cycle Assessment, Embodied Carbon education, material salvage and deconstruction consulting, material stockpile management, concrete mix design consulting and mass timber design. 
For more information or to get us involved in your project reach out to Alexis Feitel at

teamcarbon@klaa.com.

KL&A's 10 Strategies for Embodied Carbon reduction

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Big Rocks First
Innovate
Reuse Buildings & Components
More Biogenic Materials
Less Cement
Long Life, Loose Fit
Cost Matters
Market Evolution & Incentives
Open-Source Effort

Collaboration is a key component to successfully reducing the environmental impact of our designs and construction.

Owners, architects, engineers, contractors, material suppliers, universities, industry organizations  - 

LET'S Collaborate

What is embodied carbon?

Embodied carbon is the greenhouse gas emissions associated with materials and construction processes throughout the whole lifecycle of a building or infrastructure, including the CO₂ produced maintaining the building and eventually demolishing it, transporting the waste, and recycling it.

The building and construction industry contributes 40% of global green house gas emissions.

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'Upfront' Embodied Carbon

The emissions from manufacturing, transportation and installation of construction materials

Operational Carbon

The emissions from a building's energy consumption

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KL&A utilizes Life Cycle Assessments and embodied carbon impact reports to assess the impact of a building's materials, and can strategize ways to reduce embodied carbon in structures. 

We can help you make a difference in a world where making a difference is critical. 

KL&A's Comittment to Net Zero

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KL&A was an early signatory to the SE2050 Challenge in 2020. The SE2050 Challenge is a structural engineering industry commitment to reduce embodied carbon in structures and construction to zero by 2050.

As part of our commitment, we have contributed Life Cycle Assessments to the SE2050 database and created our Embodied Carbon Action Plan, which can be downloaded below: 

2022 Embodied Carbon Action Plan

2021 Embodied Carbon Action Plan

KL&A'S Sustainability Timeline

2022

Earned Individual Living Future Accreditation

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Seeking Living building challenge Accreditation

2022

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2022

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Produced 50 Structural Life Cycle Assessments
to Date

2019

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OZ Architecture, A&P Construction

Tallest Mass Timber office building in Colorado

KL&A Signs SE2050 
Commitment

2020

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2014

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Shigeru Ban Architecture, Turner Construction

Innovative Structural Wood Trusses

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4240 Architecture, PCL Construction

Leed Platinum
1ST mass timber building in Colorado

2014

2008

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CLB Architects, GE Johnson Construction

LEED Platinum

2009

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Carter & Burgess, New Design Construction

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Pedestrian Bridge

2010

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RNL Design/Stantec, Haselden Construction

LEED Platinum, Net Zero
Repurposed Oil & Gas Pipe for Structure

2019

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Formation of KL&A's
Team Carbon

KL&A'S 1st Leed
Green Associate

2007

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2021

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Think Wood & WoodWorks

Mass Timber Life Cycle Assessment Case study

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The full case study can be found here.

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