Event Opportunity: The MnROAD Low Carbon Concrete Paving Demonstration

Take a tour of the MnROAD low carbon concrete paving demonstration projects on May 9th from 1:00-5:30 in Minneapolis.

The MnROAD test track includes 16 innovative low-carbon concrete test sections that were placed in 2022 for testing in real world weather and traffic conditions on I-94. The concrete mixes under investigation include a broad range of alternative cementitious materials (ACMs), alternative supplementary cementitious materials (ASCMs), and concrete using in-situ calcium carbonate mineralization.

The directors of this demonstration project (Tom Van Dam, Larry Sutter, MnROAD) will give a presentation covering low carbon concrete mix design strategies, construction placement, and results of the extensive lab testing, along with embodied carbon results. A site walk will follow to see first-hand the materials, including calcined clay, a Type IL(20) with 30% fly ash, carbonated fly ash, synthetic fly ash, and others, all approaching a year in service.

RSVP is required here to ensure adequate space on the bus (56 people).

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Pick-up and drop-off at Minneapolis Marriott City Center **(**30 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402), 40 minute drive

Site address: 9011 77th St NE, Otsego, MN 55362

The next morning on May 10th NBI’s Getting to Zero Forum has a workshop entitled “An Interactive Journey to Building Essential Embodied Carbon Knowledge” featuring a range of excellent presenters including Dr. Karen Scrivener a global expert on low carbon concrete. Register here.

5/10/23 9:00-12:30 $150

An Interactive Journey to Building Essential Embodied Carbon Knowledge

Embodied carbon is quickly becoming a crucial topic for designers and policymakers as the industry focuses on building decarbonization. This interactive workshop will take attendees on a journey to uncover strategies for reducing embodied carbon in building design and construction, and jurisdictional policies. Through collaborative activities and presentations, participants will quickly learn the basics of why, the rules of thumb, and pending policies encouraging low-carbon projects. Once we’ve uncovered the basics, we will investigate the details – from gaining buy-in, cost impacts, deep carbon reduction in concrete and other products, supply chain considerations, tools, and understanding uncertainty in carbon accounting. This workshop will have a particular emphasis on strategies for reducing embodied carbon through building design and policies. Presentations from leading experts will examine building and policy case studies and reveal how barriers were overcome. Participants will be given a building design or policy, and working in groups, teams will brainstorm and uncover tactics for reducing embodied carbon in a hypothetical project. Finally, attendees will leave the workshop with the base tools they need to take into their daily decision-making as well as a new network of embodied carbon professionals.