Telling the CLF Story






We investigate the pathways for maximizing carbon reductions and lead collaborative research with materials experts, NGOs, industry partners, and policymakers.


Buy Clean Washington Study | Completed

Buy CleanGoal: To review and evaluate embodied carbon policies to limit the impact of structural materials used in state building projects.

Outcome: We provided a comprehensive report to WA State and participated in critical meetings. Although the bill did not move forward in the 2018 legislative session, a modified version of the proposed study was included in the capital budget. We recently received funding to expand upon this work to support both state and federal procurement policies.


LCA of WeWork Tenant Improvement Project | Completed

Goal: To understand the environment impacts of a typical WeWork office and how WeWork can reduce embodied carbon across its supply chain.

Outcome: We were asked to estimate these impacts by performing an LCA of a sample WeWork commercial office tenant improvement project. We identified critical items in the project to help WeWork understand the environmental impacts of its supply chain.


LCA of Katerra’s Catalyst Building | Completed

KaterraGoal: To analyze environmental impacts of Katerra’s Catalyst Building, a five-story office building using CLT as a structural and design element. Developed by Avista and McKinstry, Katerra largely designed and constructed the building, and used CLT produced by Katerra’s new factory.

Outcome: An LCA study enables Katerra to better understand life cycle environmental impacts of mass timber buildings and identify opportunities to optimize performance of mid-rise CLT structures.


LCA of UW Population Health Facility | Completed

Goal: The Hans Rosling Population Health Facility (PHF) is a 9-story, 390,000 gross square foot building at the University of Washington (UW). The project team asked the CLF to determine if the designed building would meet the requirements of LEED’s whole building life cycle assessment (WBLCA) credit.
Outcome: We compared the as-built designed building with a benchmark proxy building and found that the building did meet the requirements for the WBLCA credit, justifying LEED points for the project.