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Low Carbon Design and Materials

Presented by The Footprint Company,

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September 1st, 2020


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Session Synopsis:
What is embodied carbon and how can we achieve the deep cuts of 40-50% proposed? This session will provide participants an understanding of embodied carbon and how it relates to individual materials, and more importantly, whole building design. This session will arm participants with the knowledge of how to apply key embodied carbon reduction design strategies and design principles. Provide basic skills to make more proactive design choices to immediately, thus improving the materials carbon footprint. Finally, learn how to save time by efficiently locating the appropriate information for project applications.


Key Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Evaluate design choices to achieve lower embodied carbon outcomes
  • Gain knowledge to apply the best carbon reduction strategy for a given project scenario (scale and stage)
  • Increase research skills to efficiently locate suitable carbon information resources for project applications.


AACA Competency Standards related to this session:

  • Design: Conceptual Design 3.2, 3.7
  • Design: Schematic Design 4.1
  • Documentation: Detailed Design 5.5
  • Documentation: Documentation 6.5


Presented by:
Dr Caroline Noller, Founder & Chief Executive, The Footprint Company

Dr. Noller’s track record of being a catalyst for sustainability innovation in the real estate sector is recognized internationally. Her engaging style has driven world class sustainability outcomes for global real estate companies and leading developers, as well as a variety of multi-award-winning projects.
Her professional fusion of construction economics, design and carbon life cycle within a lifetime of city defining building projects gives her globally unique insights into pathways to minimize impact. She deftly inspires those around her with the possibilities of low carbon
design excellence.
Some of her achievements include DJSI world leadership for The GPT Group (2 years running) and CapitaLand in 2011; Banksia Awards for Large Company (GPT) and People’s Choice (Rouse Hill) and the Victorian Premier’s Award for Sustainability. As well as personal awards for engendering leadership and change in the property sector.


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