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Transparency is the New Green in product selection, specification & procurement: Using the EC3 tool & Transparency Catalog to make lower embodied carbon decisions

By Sustainable Minds on April 20, 2021

Recorded Thu, Apr 15, 11–12pm ET

It's been a year since our first webinar together. Using EPDs to select products with lower embodied carbon still isn't simple, but the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) has been changing that.

13,000 people have signed up for EC3 tool accounts since going live at Greenbuild 2019! A collaborative, open-source industry-led sustainability platform, the EC3 tool helps professionals make better decisions about embodied carbon in construction, and enables supply chain accountability.

Join us for demos and to learn about:

  • Who's using it now, in which project stages, decisions made
  • Success stories from current users
  • New functionality including sample bid docs and LEED report
  • How EPD data is used; the EC3 tool methodology
  • How to use the EC3 tool to select low carbon products
  • Understanding EC3 tool results in the Transparency Catalog
Stacy Smedley, Building Transparency, Skanska Terry Swack, Sustainable Minds
Stacy Smedley
Exec Dir. Building Transparency
Dir. Sustainability, Skanska USA
Terry Swack
Founder/CEO, Sustainable Minds

Free and easy to use, the EC3 tool assesses and benchmarks the upfront supply chain emissions of construction materials using a robust database of digital, third-party verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The EC3 tool can be used in both the design and procurement phases of a construction project to look at a project’s overall embodied carbon emissions, enabling the specification and procurement of the lower carbon options.

About the EC3 tool / Sustainable Minds partnership: We are committed to simplifying product transparency reporting, make EPD data more understandable and meaningful and deliver easy to use and powerful tools.

EC3 gypsum table

EC3 tool results in the Transparency Catalog: Look for the green showing the quintiles in which the product's embodied carbon compares to the catagory range. Click the CO2 | EC3 link to go directly to the EPD page to run comparisons and add products to your project.

Continually updated and curated by Sustainable Minds' data team to include every building product MFR in N. America creating EPDs from every program operator in N. America. The Transparency Catalog is revolutionizing green building product selection and specification by radically simplifying the delivery of transparency information.

AECOs: Schedule a demo!
MFRs: Contact us about adding your products.

Transparency Catalog