Carbon Negative Building Materials Workshop

The purpose of this workshop was for ARPA-E to solicit input from a cross-section of the research community and industry in advance of a potential funding opportunity in this area. We brought together experts in embodied carbon, building design, construction materials, and emerging low carbon materials. Given the complexity and interdisciplinary nature of this space, we sought insights as to which research areas have the greatest potential to significantly store carbon, while also being viable for implementation as construction materials.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Time Event
12:00 - 12:10 PM

Workshop Technical Logistics

Nancy Hicks, Booz Allen 

12:10 - 12:40 PM Elevator Introductions Networking
12:40 - 12:50 PM

Welcome and Introduction to ARPA-E 

Jennifer Gerbi, ARPA-E

12:50 - 1:15 PM

A Vision for Transforming Building Materials into Carbon Sinks 

Marina Sofos, ARPA-E

1:15 - 1:35 PM

Building as a Climate Solution 

Guest Speaker: Kate Simonen, Carbon Leadership Forum

1:35 - 1:50 PM Break
1:50 - 2:10 PM

Decision Making for Lowering Embodied Carbon 

Guest Speakers: Scott Schneider & Pawel Woelke, Thornton Tomasetti

2:10 - 2:30 PM

Routes to New Materials and Codes 

Guest Speaker: Anica Landreneau, HOK

2:30 - 2:50 PM

Knowing the Value of a Material: Life-Cycle Analysis with GREET 

Guest Speaker: Hao Cai, Argonne National Laboratory

2:50 - 3:10 PM

Carbon-Storing Material Technologies: The Current Landscape 

Guest Speaker: Wil Srubar III, University of Colorado Boulder and Aureus Earth, Inc.

3:10 - 3:20 PM Break
3:20 - 4:30 PM

Breakout Sessions Day 1

LCA and Tools

Markets and Drivers

Metrics and Codes

Category Comparison

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Report out and Closing Remarks 

Marina Sofos, ARPA-E 

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Time Event
12:00 - 12:20 PM

Technologies for Transforming Building Materials into Carbon Sinks 

Marina Sofos, ARPA-E

12:20 - 12:30 PM

Introduction to ARPA-E Tech-to-Market 

Madhav Acharya, ARPA-E

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Products to Market Panel 

Moderator: Josh Agenbroad, RMI 

Panelist: Ryan Spies, Saint-Gobain 

Panelist: Jerry Uhland, CalPlant

Panelist: Michael Dosier, bioMASON 

Panelist: Kaustubh Pandya, Brick & Mortar Ventures 

1:30 - 1:40 PM Break
1:40 - 2:00 PM

Uses of Agricultural and Forestry Products in Thermosetting Polymers 

Guest Speaker: Dean Webster, North Dakota State University

2:00 - 2:20 PM

Lignin-Based Carbon Materials – Potential High Value and High Volume Applications 

Guest Speaker: Zhiyong Cai, USDA Forest Products Laboratory

2:20 - 2:40 PM

mycotecture: shaping the built environment with mycelium 

Guest Speaker: Christopher Maurer, redhouse

2:40 - 3:00 PM

Reduce and Recapture CO2: Sustainable Approach for Macro- and Nano- Scale Carbon in Building Materials 

Guest Speaker: Anna Douglas, SkyNano Technologies & Hicham Ghossein, Endeavor Composites

3:00 - 3:15 PM Break
3:15 - 4:30 PM

Breakout Sessions Day 2

Concrete and Concrete Replacements 

Wood and Purpose Grown Materials

Agriculture Residue Materials

Carbon Materials

Other Materials 

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Report out and Closing Remarks 

Marina Sofos, ARPA-E 


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