ENR On-Demand: Reducing Your Footprint: Lowering Embodied Carbon in Construction Materials

June 26, 2020

All construction materials are not created equally. Some are created with more potential to harm the Earth’s atmosphere than others. This webinar will tackle the concept of reducing carbon emissions related to buildings by specifying lower-carbon concrete, steel, wood and other materials. Previously, it has been hard to compare the carbon emissions associated with producing certain building materials.

However, a new open-source digital tool, the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator, recently introduced by the Carbon Leadership Forum, will help building teams calculate the amount of carbon in a product through a searchable database of more than 20,000 environmental product declarations.

During this webinar, panelists will discuss embodied carbon, how to reduce it and how to use this tool, to help shrink the embodied carbon footprints of buildings.

 


 

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Over the next 35 years, over 2 Trilion sq. ft. of construction will happen globally. To pyt that in perspective, that’s an entire New York City every 35 days, for 35 years. If you consider the amount of carbon emissions that comes from the production of materials, etc., it’s vital to consider ways to lower that number.

 

You can’t manage what you don’t measure. By making choices not only about which materials to use, but how to use those materials, and where they’re sourced, you can make a huge impact in reducing carbon emissions. 

The most effective changes come at the decision-making and planning level.

 

How to reduce carbon emissions in construction:

  • Instigate - Start the conversation around the importance of mitigating carbon emissions
  • Coordinate - Define models and best practices to lower emissions
  • Strategize - Determine which methods of lowering emissions will work for your project
  • Specify - Make sure that specifications get into your construction documents

 

By using the EC3 (Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator) you can use actual data to inform your strategy and execution.

 

To learn more about the EC3 and get more in-depth information on the importance of reducing carbon emissions in the construction industry, watch the full webinar above!

 

 

 
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