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Embodied Carbon vs. Operational Carbon: The Lesser of the Two Evils

  • 12/07/2021
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Teams hosted by SCE
  • 76


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To reach carbon neutrality in the built environment, embodied carbon reduction is as important as operational carbon reduction. In this session, embodied carbon emission of a large Zero Net Energy office building in California is compared with its operational carbon emission. What it takes to reach carbon neutrality and how long it takes to pay the carbon debt are the two questions answered in this session. Modeling tools and techniques for embodied carbon as well as operational carbon are presented along with discussion about strategies utilized in this project to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.


  •  Ladan Ghobad, PhD

CEO and Founder, ENERlite Consulting, Inc.


  • Baha Sadreddin

Associate Principal, ZGF Architects

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Ladan Ghobad, Ph.D, LEED AP BD+C

Ladan is a building scientist and energy analyst; her practice focuses on energy performance analysis in new construction and existing building renovations, daylighting analysis, and thermal comfort studies.

She is an expert in energy modeling and daylighting simulation using variety of software programs. She has built her expertise working in the professional field for eight years after she had graduated from NC State University with a Ph.D. degree in Sustainable Design. Ladan has worked on over 35 projects, including Zero Net Energy (ZNE) and LEED projects, Title T-24 compliance projects, and large-scale sustainable master-planning projects. In addition, she has published several papers about architectural design optimization, comparison of simulation software programs, daylighting simulation, and case studies of the actual projects that she had worked on.

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