Brad Benke

Researcher, Carbon Leadership Forum


Brad Benke is a Research Engineer at the Carbon Leadership Forum, an applied research laboratory at the University of Washington that helps accelerate the transformation of the building sector and radically reduce embodied carbon in building materials and construction. He focuses on developing data-driven resources to help practitioners and policymakers adopt and scale decarbonization strategies in the built environment. With a background in deep-green architecture and consulting, Brad works to synthesize and improve life cycle assessment practices and tools within the AEC industry and deliver practical solutions for low-carbon building design and construction. His recent work includes leading the CLF WBLCA Benchmark Study and developing the background data and methodologies for the CLF Embodied Carbon Policy Reduction Calculator. Brad is a former co-chair of AIA Seattle’s Committee on the Environment, and a former Senior Architect at McLennan Design, where he led diverse teams and stakeholders toward achieving decarbonization goals for buildings and organizations across the country.

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