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March 31, 2022

Carbon Leadership Forum awarded ARPA-E grant to develop life cycle assessment tools for carbon negative buildings 

ARPA-E announced $5 million in funding to two universities—the University of Washington and University of California, Davis—working to develop life cycle assessment tools and frameworks associated with transforming buildings into net carbon storage structures. The funding is part of the Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from the Atmosphere (HESTIA) Exploratory Topic.

Parametric Open Data for Life Cycle Assessment (POD | LCA) – $3,744,303

The University of Washington’s Carbon Leadership Forum will develop a rigorous and flexible parametric Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) framework, aligned data, and process integrated tools to assess the environmental impact of novel carbon storing materials and buildings during their rapid prototyping and design. The team will then develop custom LCA models to evaluate individual ARPA-E-funded building materials and designs to optimize their environmental benefits and net-carbon negativity. Collection of site-specific LCA data and regional spatiotemporal modeling for bio-based material systems will also be conducted. Analysis of these outputs will inform further development for ARPA-E funded HESTIA teams and comparison with current state-of-the-art.

Collaborators on this grant include:


Kate Simonen (PI)

Steph Carlisle

Jen Wolf

School of Architecture:

Tomas Mendez Echenagucia

Integrated Design Lab:

Chris Meek

Teresa Moroseos

School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences:

Indroneil Ganguly

Francesca Pierobon

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