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At Top Glass: How embodied carbon could change everything

January 20, 2023  By Patrick Flannery

On April 19 at Top Glass, Canada’s event for the architectural glass industry, Claudio Sacilotto will discuss the question of what happens when we take embodied carbon into account in our high-performance glazing designs.

For at least 20 years, the emphasis for environmentally conscious building envelope designers has been reduction in operational carbon emissions by making facades airtight and more insulating. After years of investment in R&D, the glass industry has the technical capability to meet government goals for net zero construction. But now focus is shifting to the impact of carbon emissions created by the manufacture, fabrication, installation, maintenance and disposal of building components, and soon government codes will call for measures of these “embodied carbon” contributors to climate change. Novatech engineer and Glass Canada columnist, Claudio Sacilotto, will explain how embodied carbon changes the calculation for what constitutes “climate-friendly” glazing, and the trade-offs designers will need to balance when specifying the high-performance designs of the future.

Claudio Sacilotto is a professional engineer with over 16 years’ experience working in testing, design, R&D and fabrication of commercial glazing components at Intertek and Sunview Patio Doors (now part of Novatech). He runs Sunview’s R&D facility and gets to play with 3D printers and build test apparatus all day. He’s a member of the CSA A119 Technical Committee on Performance Standards for Windows, a CSA group  representative in the Joint Document Management Group and sits on Fenestration Canada’s Technical Services Committee.In a moment of weakness he recently agreed to write Glass Canada’s technical column, The Engineer.

Top Glass returns April 19 to the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.

  • Four exclusive education sessions for glazing contractors, glass fabricators, architects and building engineers
  • The Ontario Glass and Metal Association Awards of Excellence
  • Displays from dozens of Canada’s top industry suppliers

Registration and parking are free. SEE YOU AT TOP GLASS!

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