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Part 3 – Carbon Reduction Strategies

Architects can often make large embodied carbon reductions with cost-neutral measures. A 2021 report from RMI found that case studies had embodied carbon savings of 24–46% at cost premiums of...

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Part 2 – Measuring Embodied Carbon

Measuring embodied carbon is key to evaluating the highest-impact, most cost-effective solutions to reducing embodied carbon on your project. As is often said, “You can’t manage what you can’t...

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AIA-CLF Embodied Carbon Toolkit

Architects are critical to addressing the climate crisis through reducing both operational and embodied carbon on their projects. The AIA-CLF Embodied Carbon Toolkit for Architects serves to...

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Climate Smart Forestry

Amplifying the climate benefits of the forestry sector Much of U.S. forestland is dedicated to commercial forestry— producing wood products, paper, fiber, and biofuels. Forestry and the continued...

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Façade Design Addresses Climate Change

Functional Aspects of Facades and the Role of Embodied Carbon by Vaclav Hasik, Data Manager at Building Transparency Since the beginning of human civilizations, buildings and their facades have...

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Embodied Carbon Action Plan (ECAP)

The Owners Carbon Action Network (ownersCAN) is a group of developers, users, and managers of buildings that are dedicated to measuring and reducing the embodied carbon of their projects....

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Net-zero buildings: Where do we stand?

WBCSD's report "Net-zero buildings: Where do we stand?" provides a detailed look at six whole building life cycle assessment (WBLCA) case studies to illustrate some of the challenges, barriers...

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Embodied carbon emissions at Microsoft

Microsoft has committed to becoming a carbon negative company by 2030. This means that reducing Scope 3 emissions, including the embodied carbon associated with construction of their buildings,...

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RMI Concrete Solutions Guide

The RMI Concrete Solutions Guide released in August 2021 provides a user-friendly overview of proven and scalable solutions to reduce concrete’s contribution to climate change. The guide...

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Decarbonizing construction

WBSCD’s report “Decarbonizing construction – Guidance for investors and developers to reduce embodied carbon” provides targeted guidance for developers and investors to leverage their unique...

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Key stages in a product’s lifecycle that consume energy and produce greenhouse gases

Buy Clean Procurement and ENERGY STAR

Governments, institutions, private organizations and construction companies are looking for ways to reduce the carbon pollution embedded in the products they purchase. Many are choosing to...

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EPD Requirements in Procurement Policies

An analysis of Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) definitions in Buy Clean and other North American procurement policies A variety of existing and proposed legislation regulating public...

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2021 Material Baseline Report

Material Baseline Report | July 2021In order to set achievable targets, it is necessary to have a baseline from which to compare products within a material or product category. In January, the...

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