Session Details



October 19, 2023

Start Time

02:30 PM

End Time

03:30 PM

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Designing Outside the Box
Designing Outside the Box

Architects and design professionals need to face future choices right now in designing for a better built environment. The buildings of today must satisfy a supreme standard: they are called upon to achieve functional performance and sustainability, to be resilient and promote occupant health, and to be energy efficient, all while minimizing consumption of materials and resources difficult to replace.

As the building industry plays a significant role in fighting climate change, building envelope material selections that improve building performance and lower overall CO2e emissions are vital. These demands elicit dramatic changes to building envelope design and the components used within. They also require the data and tools necessary to enable broad and swift action across the building industry in addressing embodied carbon’s role in climate change.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define embodied carbon and its effects in the built world
  • Using matrix of environmental impacts, make sustainable material selections from both traditional and alternative building products
  • Delineate between sustainable certifications, including LEED, LBC, and WELL, to secure a best fit for project goals and outcomes
  • Define material health and transparency, LCAs, and EPDs, in order generate a responsive sustainable material selection framework
  • Evaluate materials by quantifying embodied carbon impacts through LCA tools such as EC3

This session is FREE to attend and will be located in The Architect’s Experience Pavilion Inside the Expo Hall. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and space is limited.

Earn Continuing Education Credit:
Approved for 1.0 AIA Health, Safety, and Welfare Learning Units

Brent Trenga

Director of Sustainability for Kingspan Insulated Panels North America

Brent Trenga, LEED AP BD+C, WALL AP, is Director of Sustainability for Kingspan Insulated Panels North America. His background as an architect, construction manager, developer and project owner give him a unique perspective on all facets of the construction industry. Trenga leads Kingspan North America’s material health and transparency program and their Planet Passionate program, while collaborating with the company’s global healthy building team.