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The Construction Record: Episode 166: Athena Sustainable Materials Institute president Jennifer O’Connor

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On this week’s episode of the Construction Record podcast in partnership with naturally:wood, British Columbia’s information centre about sustainable forestry, tree species, green building, and design, digital media editor Warren Frey speaks with Athena Sustainable Materials Institute president Jennifer O’Connor about the institute’s continuing mission to bring life-cycle assessment to the construction sector.

O’Connor explained how the 25-year-old nonprofit research group focuses on materials that comprise the bulk of structures such as steel, concrete and wood, along with envelopes and other sections and buildings. The biggest change over the past 25 years, she said, is the rise in understanding within the construction industry as to the importance of life cycle assessment.

O’Connor also explained how the institute employs software tools to evaluate a building’s life cycle including its Embodied Carbon Pathfinder web tool.

You can listen to The Construction Record and TCR Express on the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce websites as well as on Apple PodcastsSpotify and Amazon Music’s podcast, and you can listen to last week’s podcast featuring an interview with Zensurance founder and CEO Danish Yusuf here. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you next week.

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