2.9 min readPublished On: November 1, 2023Categories: COTE, News

From our AIA SF COTE Neighbors

This panel discussion will share experiences implementing the Marin County Low Carbon Concrete Code. The Code, developed through a robust regional stakeholder engagement process, is the result of a coordinated project effort that aimed to reduce embodied emissions in the built environment by creating local specifications and model policies for low embodied-carbon concrete.

The event will include a panel discussion with a Marin County official, a ready-mix supplier who has gone through the process of approving mixes, and engineers who helped develop the code. Discussion will include: The role of local government entities and what they can do to accelerate adoption of low carbon concrete; procurement logistics of low carbon concrete; and how concrete fits into the larger embodied carbon landscape.

5:00 – 6:00 PM | Happy Hour
6:00 – 7:30 PM | Panel Presentation and Q&A
Cost: $20 – $60

This event is co-hosted by the AIASF Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) Sustainable Design Committee; Light refreshments will be served.

Learning Objectives (1.5 LU/HSW Pending)

1-Learn how to implement the Low-Carbon Code from a designer’s perspective.
2-Understand the role of enforcing government entities and what they can do to accelerate adoption of low carbon concrete.
3-Verify the procurement logistics of low carbon concrete.
4-Review how concrete fits into the larger embodied carbon landscape.

More information and Registration Here 


Brian Reyes
Sustainability Planner, Marin County Community Development Agency

Brian leads the development and implementation of countywide low carbon concrete ordinance, green building reach codes and climate action planning efforts. His 20 years in the government, private, academic and non-profit/NGO sector include work ranging from the Bay Area to rural Cambodia.

Derek Davis
Ready Mix QC Manager, Bauman Landscape & Construction

Derek is a Bay Area native with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from UC Davis. He has over ten years of experience working in the concrete and asphalt industries, and is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corp reserves. Derek currently is the ready mix quality control manager for Bauman Landscape & Construction, an SF based Landscape and Construction company that supplies their own Ready Mix concrete to projects throughout the Bay Area.

Frances Yang
Structures and Sustainability Specialist, Arup

Frances leads Arup’s Americas Sustainable Materials Consulting practice, promoting low carbon and healthier materials for our built environment. She is vice chair of the SEI SE 2050 Sustainability Committee and served on the board of the Carbon Leadership Forum. For the Bay Area Low Carbon Concrete Code project, Frances conducted the data analysis for setting limits, led the development of commercial sector resources, and provided technical assistance to five pilot projects.

Bruce King
Author, Structural Engineer and founder of BuildWell.site

Bruce is a structural engineer with 45 years of experience, designing buildings of every size and type all over the world. He is the author of several books, including “The New Carbon Architecture,” “Build Beyond Zero” with Chris Magwood, “Buildings of Earth and Straw,” “Making Better Concrete,” and “Design of Straw Bale Buildings.” Bruce has also participated in the development of the ASTM standard for earthen construction and the Marin County Low-Carbon Concrete code.

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