Exterior view of Five Rivers Education Center

Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure

OGS is committed to delivering the State’s ambitious goals for sustainable and climate resilient State facilities.
Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure
Upcoming NYS Embodied Carbon Webinar Series: EPD software demos and case studies


For our webinars in February - April, we will focus on spotlighting Environmental Product Declaration (EPDs) software that is prevalent in North America in order to give webinar participants an opportunity to see the software in action, and to ask questions directly to the EPD software providers. In addition, clients who use the software will join to provide their perspective on how using this software helps them meet their embodied carbon goals and requirements.

Click the following the links to register for the webinars.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

EPD Webinar - Climate Earth and Holcim:
Wednesday, February 28, noon:

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EPD Webinar - One Click Pre-verified EPD Generator and Midgard Ltd, UK:
Thursday, March 28, noon:

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EPD Webinar - Thena, WAP Sustainability and TBD:
Tuesday, April 30, noon:

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Overview

Direct emissions from buildings today account for roughly one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State, driven predominantly by fossil fuel-based space and hot water heating. When adding the emissions attributable to generating the electricity used in buildings, that figure rises to over 40%. As a result, decarbonizing state buildings is essential to meet the State’s mandate to reduce our economywide greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2050. (NYSERDA, Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap).

In addition to operational carbon, the greenhouse gas emissions associated with construction materials purchased by New York State are also significant. The emissions associated with the lifecycle of construction materials, from extraction, transport, manufacturing, installation and disposal is known as “embodied carbon”, and represents about 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing our embodied carbon now will allow us to avoid emitting further greenhouse gases into our atmosphere today, thereby helping to reduce our climate impact.

New York State is actively working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from state buildings and construction through energy efficiency retrofits, sustainable new construction, and alternative energy sources.

Some examples of existing best practices standards in terms of sustainable design and construction that are relevant for NYS projects include: LEED, ENVISION and the WELL Building Standard, among others.

Sources of GHG emissions in New York State.