Patty Lampert
AIA Cleveland


Tuesday, May 4, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
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Lunch & Learn: 

The Top 10 Ways to Reduce Concrete's Carbon Footprint


Concrete is unique among building materials. Its formulation is highly influenced by its application. Design professionals and contractors have a greater influence on concrete formulation than they do with other building products. Concrete can be made stronger, lighter, more flowable, stiffer, less permeable, and even weaker depending on performance needs.  This presentation will discuss how design and construction teams can implement ten simple strategies to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint today. The recommendations are listed broadly in order of priority, but not in order of impact reduction. All are important and should be implemented. In addition, the strategies are meant to achieve a lower carbon footprint without impacting other desired performance capabilities for the concrete.

Donn C. Thompson is the Senior Director, Building Innovation for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.  Based in Kenosha, WI, he supports the Build with Strength program, demonstrating the first cost and long-term advantages of ready mixed concrete building systems throughout eight Midwest states.

 A licensed architect and LEED accredited, Donn has over 20 years of practical experience in design and construction.  More recently he has worked for over 22 years in the cement and concrete industry holding a variety of product support, contractor training, technical promotion, and sales positions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the basics of embodied carbon of concrete.
  • Evaluate the immediate steps that can be taken to reduce carbon footprint when specifying concrete.
  • Prioritize design strategies to get the greatest reductions in carbon footprint using current technologies and design tools.
  • Explore how innovative technologies will result in zero carbon concrete in the future.

Cost: Free


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