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ON THE MOVE PERKINS&WILL TEAMS BUILDING TRANSPARENCY AND C CHANGE LABS TO DEVELOP NEXT GENERATION CARBON REDUCTION TOOL A team of design leaders at global architecture and design firm Perkins&Will , in collaboration with CChange Labs and Building Transparency Canada, has been awarded a grant to develop a tool that facilitates the design of low-carbon buildings. The Tally Climate Action Tool will build on existing technologies to provide open, real-time access to material and product information within design software, making it easier and faster to choose low-carbon material options. The CleanBC Building Innovation Fund from the Province of British Columbia awarded $460,000 to the team as part of its mission to fund projects in British Columbia that accelerate the availability and affordability of low-carbon building solutions. With an anticipated release date of March 2023, tallyCAT will provide open access to a library of materials that merges into commonly used BIM platforms, like Revit and Rhino. WITH “Our goal is to make it easy for designers to understand the climate impacts of their material choices through a plug-in palette of lower carbon products,” says sustainable building advisor Manuela Londono of Perkins&Will. Tracking carbon reduction in real time. Currently, BIM platforms lack real-time information on material performance and Environmental Product Declarations – the primary way for designers to track and reduce carbon in specific products. After development, tallyCAT will be a globally available, integrated plugin for designers to access within their BIM

software to source Building Transparency’s existing global catalog of EPDs. “To meet the increasing demand from clients to lower the carbon profile of their projects, tallyCAT will help teams optimize and track material quantities more accurately,” says architect Jesce Walz of Perkins&Will. “And ultimately, using less material reduces both carbon footprint and cost.” The tool dovetails with existing efforts in reducing carbon impacts. Building Transparency and C Change Labs have already demonstrated success with the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator – an tool for measuring and comparing embodied carbon in construction materials. “We recognize that EPDs take effort to establish and are working to make it faster and more affordable for manufacturers to declare their impacts,” says Phil Northcott, CEO of C Change Labs. “Meaningful change in this space must come about through industry- wide collaboration.” Building Transparency also recently added Tally, a Life Cycle Assessment app that quantifies and analyzes carbon locked in building materials, to its portfolio. The app helps to mitigate the carbon risks in buildings before they are built, rather than after they are constructed. The next generation tallyCAT tool will leverage the capabilities of Tally and EC3 directly within BIM modeling programs like Revit, making carbon reduction an active part of the building process. “Bringing these resources together to create an advanced open-access tool is the natural next

step to fostering a better building future across the industry,” says Stacy Smedley, executive director and chair of Building Transparency. Fostering sustainable evolution of the building industry. As one of the pilot partners involved with testing the EC3 tool, Perkins&Will has played a key role in changing the way embodied carbon disclosure and product specification is done in the industry. “Through this partnership with C Change Labs and Building Transparency, we can leverage our collective knowledge to transform the building industry so that low carbon materials become the status quo,” says Elton Gjata, a digital practice manager at the firm. Sustainable design has always been critical for tallyCAT’s three contributors. But now more than ever, it is a defining factor in how builders, owners, and tenants measure success. As the importance of sustainability grows, the tallyCAT team is leading the next frontier through research, tool development, and design. “This grant would not have been possible without the support from industry partners and clients who recognized the need for this climate action tool,” says Kathy Wardle, director of sustainability of Perkins&Will’s Vancouver studio. “The next step in this journey is to combine our expertise in materials and the design process into a digital tool that serves the entire industry.” Perkins&Will, an interdisciplinary, research- based architecture and design firm, was founded in 1935 on the belief that design has the power to transform lives.

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preparation and consideration, and celebrate those kinds of wins just as enthusiastically. (And be sure to document those valuable lessons learned for future sharing, so those stories don’t get lost.) ❚ ❚ Make sure you don’t celebrate long hours. The next time someone pulls an all-nighter, help them explore what got the project into that predicament to begin with. An unreliable schedule? Not holding trade partners accountable? Rework? Working hard and serving with passion are different from being unprepared and putting the project team in a position where everyone needs to work twice as long to save the day. Let them see that you care more about how they could have prevented the crisis than about how they resolved it. A consistently healthy work/life balance will always be a challenge in our industry, but that doesn’t mean we can’t challenge the status quo and do better. That starts with looking at the routine behaviors we have established, the norms we have accepted without thinking, and the assumptions we subconsciously make. There are a lot of heroes in our companies but not all of them are so visible, because their successes are quieter and less dramatic, but no less valuable by any means. KEYAN ZANDY is chief operating officer for Skiles Group. Find him on LinkedIn.

recognize those who are proactive with problem-solving and prepare their work accordingly. Find champions within your firm who excel with planning in the various aspects of their projects and let them share their tools, processes, and logic so others can see what successful planning should look like from the start. “While I am always grateful for the efforts made to ‘save the day,’ what I can’t get away from is the thought that this kind of reward-based perspective only reinforces the kinds of unhealthy, burnout-inducing behaviors we should want to help our people avoid.” ❚ ❚ Publicize the hero stories where the dragon was strategically averted instead of fought. Let your team publicly share how they foresaw an issue and avoided or minimized it; quarterly meetings are great opportunities for this. Elevate those who display evidence of their smart

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