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Buildings are the major source of global demand for energy and materials that produce by-product greenhouse gases (GHG). The raw resource extraction, manufacturing, transportation, construction, usage, and end-of-life stages of building products each generate significant GHG emissions.

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Slowing the growth rate of GHG emissions and then reversing it is the key to addressing climate change and keeping global average temperature below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

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To accomplish this, Architecture 2030 issued The 2030 Challenge for Products asking the global architecture, planning, design, and building community to adopt the following targets:

  • Products for new buildings, developments, and renovations shall immediately be specified to meet a maximum carbon-equivalent footprint of 30% below the product category average.

    The embodied carbon-equivalent footprint reduction shall be increased to:

    • 35% or better in 2015
    • 40% or better in 2020
    • 45% or better in 2025
    • 50% or better in 2030.

 

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