The Vagaries of Low-Carbon Concrete

29 Sep 2023
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The Vagaries of Low-Carbon Concrete

The Vagaries of Low-Carbon Concrete

29 Sep 2023
About the speakers
  • Jessie Buckmaster
    Jessie Buckmaster
    Director of Sustainability at Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction
    Jessie Buckmaster has over 12 years of experience in sustainable commercial construction and green building across California. She is a subject matter expert in in evaluating healthy and low embodied carbon building materials. As Director of Sustainability for Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction she provides sustainability expertise and consultation for HDCCo’s projects from preconstruction through certification. Jessie has worked on numerous sustainable projects and managed the Materials petal for a project pursuing Living Building Challenge certification. Jessie was selected for BD+C Magazine’s 40 under 40 cohort in 2020. She holds credentials for LEED AP BD+C, LFA, and is Board Secretary for USGBC-LA.
  • Prateek Jain
    Prateek Jain
    Senior Environmental Designer at Atelier Ten USA LLC
    Prateek Jain is a Senior Environmental Designer with Atelier Ten. As a core member of Atelier Ten's carbon practice, he specializes in carbon reduction strategies for building and landscape projects. He helped create the Pathfinder tool, a landscape carbon calculator, with CMG Landscape. He has worked on several large-scale high-performance projects, including the UC Merced 2020 Project, an 11 LEED Platinum building expansion. He is a LEED and WELL accredited professional with a Master's degree in building construction management from Purdue University. In the last few years, Prateek has been closely involved with projects implementing low-carbon concrete, playing the role of the main facilitator and LCA expert. This involves coordination with owners, structural engineers, GCs, concrete subs and ready-mix suppliers on target-setting, specifications, mix design strategy, submittal review and troubleshooting. This session synthesizes key lessons from those projects and collaborators.
  • Juan Gonzalez
    Juan Gonzalez
    Manager of Strategic Development and Sustainability at Central Concrete Supply, Inc. A Subsidiary of Vulcan Materials Company
    Juan Gonzalez is Manager of Strategic Development and Sustainability for Central Concrete Supply, Right Away Redy Mix, and Shamrock Materials, all subsidiaries of Vulcan Materials Company. In this role, Juan focuses on devising multiple strategies to achieve ZERO concrete waste and business development around low-carbon concrete collaborating with architects, engineers, contractors and consultants to develop concrete specifications that are performance-based and strategies to achieve embodied carbon goals.
  • Lindsey Maclise
    Lindsey Maclise
    Principal at Forell | Elsesser Engineers
    Lindsey is a California licensed Structural Engineer and Principal with Forell/Elsesser Engineers in San Francisco. Lindsey has worked on a variety of retrofit and new construction projects including multi-family housing, laboratories, and athletic facilities. She has exceptional knowledge and passion on the subject of sustainable design and has lectured and presented on the subject nationally. She serves as an advocate for green building practices and has written numerous reports and papers about the structural engineer’s role in sustainable design. Currently Lindsey leads her firms Carbon Neutral Initiative. Lindsey received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from UC Berkeley where she is currently serving as a member of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Advisory Board. Lindsey is currently a Board Member of the Structural Engineering Association of Northern California and a past chair of the SEAONC Sustainability committee and SEI Sustainability Committee.

Key takeaways

- Understand the design and construction process for implementing low-carbon concrete on building projects

- Understand the priorities and concerns of each party involved in the delivery of low-carbon concrete

- Learn about the process of developing concrete mixes and how structural engineers can adjust acceptance criteria to enable reduction of embodied carbon

- Learn about strategies to overcome cost, schedule, performance and logistical challenges associated with delivery of low-carbon concrete