Technical Director, WoodWorks
Ashley is a licensed professional and structural engineer in California, having worked as a structural consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area and Spokane, Washington, with an expertise in light wood-frame construction. In addition to providing technical support on light wood-frame and mass timber projects around the country, she leads WoodWorks’ efforts to educate architects and engineers on using life cycle assessment as a tool to measure the embodied carbon impact of wood products and buildings. Throughout her career, Ashley has been involved in various professional and code-development committees. She received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Master of Science from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Using Wood to Achieve Embodied Carbon Reductions in the Built Environment
Across the building industry, many firms and individuals are committed to reducing the environmental footprint of their buildings. Wood has an advantage by being a low embodied carbon material while also storing biogenic carbon, but accounting for this in life cycle assessment can be confusing. This session will explain carbon accounting methods for wood products and provide guidance on how to quantify embodied and biogenic carbon in accordance with international standards. Attendees will also learn about 619 Ponce, a mass timber building currently under construction in Atlanta, Georgia, that utilizes locally grown southern yellow pine. This project emphasizes the interdependence between wood products, forest health, and carbon reductions in the built environment.