KEYNOTE: Who Builds, Who Benefits? Embodied Human Cost in AEC Supply Chains
Because we care about climate solutions, we track embodied energy and embodied carbon, and we ask questions like, “Was this wood responsibly harvested?” or “What carbon footprint resulted from this material traveling to this site?”
There are other questions that we don’t ask about a topic equally urgent: the embodied human cost of our buildings. This talk will ask urgent questions for all who impact the built environment: What do we know about modern slavery in the AEC supply chain? How do we know our material choices don’t create a demand that will be filled by forced labor? How can we be informed and ethical consumers?