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
KL&A's 10 Strategies for Embodied Carbon reduction
Big Rocks First
Reuse Buildings & Components
More Biogenic Materials
Long Life, Loose Fit
Market Evolution & Incentives
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 -
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.
Image: Carbon Leadership Forum
'Upfront' Embodied Carbon
The emissions from manufacturing, transportation and installation of construction materials
The emissions from a building's energy consumption
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
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:
KL&A'S Sustainability Timeline
Earned Individual Living Future Accreditation
Seeking Living building challenge Accreditation
Shigeru Ban Architecture, Turner Construction
Innovative Structural Wood Trusses
4240 Architecture, PCL Construction