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Mirko Farnetani

Mirko Farnetani

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), SOM


Mirko Farnetani, Associate, is the Firmwide Embodied Carbon Leader. Using his eighteen years of experience in the construction industry as a sustainability specialist and fully-qualified architect, Mirko oversees the performance of all of the firm’s projects by integrating carbon abatement and regenerative solution strategies into SOM’s design approach.

Mirko connects these strategies to reduce both operational and embodied carbon whilst also incorporating circular economy principles. His unique expertise plays an instrumental role in SOM’s recently launched Whole Life Carbon Accounting, a new standalone service which provides an understanding of a building’s true carbon impact and the ability to translate carbon targets into measurable performance outcomes.

Mirko is currently involved in the ‘State of End of Life Modeling and Data in Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment Tools’ research project with NREL, Carbon Leadership Forum and Building Transparency.

In July 2023, Mirko was appointed by the Westminster City Council (London, UK) as one expert member for the Design Review Panel (Specialism: Embodied carbon, circular economy and regenerative design).

Mirko is part of the LETI Steering Group and was also the lead author of the 2020 LETI publication, Embodied Carbon Primer as well as Climate Emergency Design Guide, Chapter 2 - Embodied Carbon. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Bath in Life Cycle Assessment, Embodied Carbon plus Responsible Sourcing; at the Atlantic Technological University in Circular Economy; at the Royal College of Art in Material Supply Chains (Circular Economy).

Before joining SOM, Mirko was involved as reviewer and technical engagement for the NHS Net Zero Building Standard, published in February 2023.

Whilst at Hilson Moran, Mirko developed and reviewed content for the City of London Corporation’s, Carbon Options Guidance (Planning Advice Note, 2023). Additionally, he was the benchmarks data partner and reviewer for the GLA, Whole Life-Cycle Carbon Assessments (London Plan Guidance, 2022).

During his time at BRE Group, Mirko was the Life Cycle Assessment Technical Lead for the EU Horizon 2020 Building as Material Banks (BAMB 2020) research project, and he developed the methodology for the Environmental Evaluation module of the Circular Building Assessment (CBA), which aimed to enable a circular economy approach in the construction industry.

He is also the co-author of 'Case Study 2, Whole Life Carbon – Curtain Walling' in the 2017 book, Targeting Zero: Embodied and Whole Life Carbon Explained, published by RIBA Publishing.

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