Heading Emissions Off at the Pass – NRMCA Publishes Ready Mixed Concrete Baselines

Today, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), an early adopter of the 2030 Challenge for Products, published a comprehensive set of industry average environmental impacts, including GHG emissions, for concrete. Averages, or baselines, will allow architects and designers to specify concrete in their projects that meet the reduced emissions targets of the 2030 Challenge […]

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Architecture 2030 Seeks Input on the Development of an Open Standard EPD Template

The 2030 Challenge For Products Marks Its 3rd Anniversary With A Significant New Project Valentine’s Day 2014 marked the third anniversary of the 2030 Challenge for Products. In honor of the occasion, Architecture 2030 is pleased to announce an important new project: the development of an open standard EPD/EPD summary template. In collaboration with CannonDesign and various architecture/engineering stakeholders, Architecture 2030 […]

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Adopters & Supporters

The 2030 Challenge for Products has been Adopted and Supported by a wide coalition of leading manufacturers, design firms, and experts. Collectively, they are working towards increasing awareness about the issue of embodied carbon, developing Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for building products, and using this information to make informed, low-carbon […]

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MTS Supports 2030 Challenge for Products

Architecture 2030 welcomes The Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability, MTS, as a supporter of the 2030 Challenge for Products. Through their SMaRT Certification, MTS has long been a leader in the field of sustainable building certifications and in 2011 MTS started certifying SMaRT Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). An EPD is a compliance path towards meeting […]

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Why the Concrete PCRs are So Important

Concrete, particularly due to its cement content, has the largest building product carbon footprint. About 5% of all global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from cement. “When it comes to building products, reducing the carbon footprint from concrete is one of the most significant actions that the building sector can take.” -Ed Mazria, founder and […]

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LCA/EPD-related Greenbuild Sessions

Life cycle analysis (LCA), Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and general product transparency are at the core of the 2030 Challenge for Products – in order to specify low-carbon products we need product-specific data. If you’ll be in San Francisco next month for Greenbuild 2012, check-out the following sessions that will get you up to speed […]

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LEED v.4 and EPDs

Incentivizing product disclosure It’s fall, which can mean only one thing: LEED is in the air. With Greenbuild a month away, here’s a look at one of the more exciting LEED v4 credits: MRc2: Building product disclosure and optimization – environmental product declarations. This proposed credit could be a key vehicle towards driving increased building product transparency […]

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Access, Info, and Transparency: 2030’s Technology Round-Up

Architecture 2030 is working with industry leaders and online technology innovators to provide extraordinary new resources for meeting the 2030 Challenges. Green Wizard: Paving the Way to Carbon Neutral Architecture 2030 has joined forces with the design and construction industry’s go-to-source for sustainable building products to greatly simplify finding and specifying materials that meet the […]

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Concrete Product Category Rules Set for Release

The first U.S. Product Category Rules (PCRs) for Concrete have been released for public comment by the Carbon Leadership Forum. Written to meet the targets of the 2030 Challenge for Products, these PCRs provide the methodology for calculating the carbon footprint (i.e. the global warming potential) of concrete.                                   Researchers from the University of Washington’s […]

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