Making your home energy efficient is an essential first step to making carbon smart decisions about building or remodeling your home. However, the impacts embodied in the materials and products used to build the home can be significant and are worthy of greater focus. This session will provide an overview of the carbon impacts of building and operating both typical and high performance homes and highlight opportunities to reduce the total carbon impact across the life of the home.
Tina Dilegge is a Program Manager at the University of Washington’s (UW) Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF). In this role, she manages the Embodied Carbon Network, leading communication and outreach, and network capacity building. At the UW, Tina also worked for the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation as a Project Officer on the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries and Risk Factors study—the largest and most comprehensive effort to date to measure health loss worldwide. Prior to her time at UW, she worked as a management consultant based in Canberra, where she worked with national, state, and local government agencies and NGOs to support implementation of new policies. Tina graduated from James Madison University in 2010 with a B.S. in Journalism.
Monica Huang is a research engineer for the Carbon Leadership Forum at the University of Washington with expertise in environmental life cycle assessment (LCA). Recent research topics include the environmental impact of housing, optimizing tall wood structures, and developing data on the environmental impact of earthquake damage. She was also the lead author for a guide on the use of LCA in design and construction practice. Past research experience includes diverse topics such as astronomy, electronic waste, and sea level rise. As a graduate student, she developed the Port of Seattle’s first study on the impacts of sea level rise on seaport structures.