Announcements May 22, 2023

Leigh Christy, FAIA, and Dalton Ho Tackle Embodied Carbon at USBGC Los Angeles

Leigh and Dalton at MyGBCE 2023. From left to right: Ethan Martin, Leigh Christy, Tolga Tutar, and Dalton Ho.

On Thursday, May 18th, Principal Leigh Christy, FAIA, of our Los Angeles studio, and Regional Sustainable Design Leader Dalton Ho of our San Francisco studio spoke at My Green Building Conference and Expo (MyGBCE) 2023. The U.S. Green Building Council – Los Angeles organized the conference, which took place at The Beehive campus in South Los Angeles. The pair spoke as part of a panel titled “Designers’ and Contractors’ Roles in Holistically Addressing Embodied Carbon”.

Leigh Christy opened the discussion by emphasizing the significance of embodied carbon savings occurring before a building is constructed, as opposed to operational energy, which can be saved over time. “These savings must be addressed holistically with all key stakeholders,” Leigh continued, “including the architect, structural engineer, and contractor; the entire team is integral to addressing whole-life carbon.”

Leigh and Dalton were joined by DCI Engineers’ Ethan Martin and Skanska USA’s Tolga Tutar. The quartet presented this holistic approach to sustainable practice using one of the Los Angeles studio’s most recent projects as a case study, a new 15-story core and shell office building for Skanska Commercial development currently under entitlement and slated to pursue ILFI Zero Carbon and LEED Platinum Certifications.

“We leaned hard into ‘sustainovation’ on multiple fronts,” Leigh said, closing her opening remarks, “a new type of exterior biophilic office space to lower EUI, a performative design-to-fabrication façade…and explorations into a mass timber high-rise. Combined, they would help us achieve our net zero carbon goal.”