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MKA’s Embodied Carbon Action Plan will include reporting on carbon reductions for selected projects

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MKA’s Embodied Carbon Action Plan will include reporting on carbon reductions for selected projects

Firm will also continue developing open-source embodied carbon and Life Cycle Analysis tracking tools.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | May 17, 2022
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Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) recently released its SE 2050 Embodied Carbon Action Plan (ECAP) for 2022.
 

The plan contains two-dozen pledged action items including:


·       Track, measure, and report on material quantities and carbon footprint reductions for selected MKA projects, including two projects to be used as case studies for external publication, and four projects to be submitted to SE 2050 for inclusion in their database.
 
·       Engage in advancing and developing non-proprietary, open-source embodied carbon and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) tracking tools. MKA will provide both in-kind and funding support toward the development of the OpenIMPACT Life Cycle Inventory database and the tallyCAT LCA tool.
 
·       Continue work by MKA’s in-house Sustainability Technical Specialist Team, which shares innovations, discusses strategies, reviews case study successes, and serves as a resource on embodied carbon reduction. MKA will make at least six presentations to industry peers to highlight advancements, foster collaboration, and challenge each other on reducing embodied carbon.
 
·       Create an embodied carbon guide to establish its approach toward measuring embodied carbon—from the materials procurement to construction to the Whole Building LCA.
 
Earlier this year, MKA, in collaboration with Hines, released the Hines Embodied Carbon Reduction Guide. Developed over two years, the free 108-page guide aims to create more sustainable development practices at Hines while establishing an industry standard for quantifying, tracking, and reducing embodied carbon in commercial real estate development. 

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