The 2030 Challenge for Embodied Carbon 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 decisions. There are three groups: Manufacturer Adopters, Design Professional Adopters, and Supporters.
Interface is the world’s largest manufacturer of modular carpet and is committed to the audacious goal of having zero environmental footprint. Interface leads in developing carpet using materials and processes that take less from the environment.
Applegate is the largest privately owned cellulose insulation manufacturer in the world and supplies a variety of high performance insulation products throughout the world. Their product, Cotton Armor, demonstrates a 54 percent smaller carbon footprint than similar insulation made from 100 percent fiberglass.
Armstrong is a global leader in the design and manufacture of acoustical ceilings, walls and suspensions systems. Committed to reducing the environmental impact of their products, Armstrong has developed EPDs for nine of their ceiling panel families.
Central Concrete, a U.S. Concrete Company, has been serving the San Francisco Bay area for more than 60 years. The company is recognized for engineering higher-performing concrete compared to traditional concrete — delivering high early-strength, low shrinkage and superior permeability — with a significantly lower carbon footprint than standard ready-mix concretes.
CalStar Products, Inc. develops and manufactures sustainable building products that allow green architects and specifiers to dramatically reduce the energy and CO2 footprint of their projects and incorporate significant recycled materials, without compromising building performance or budgets. CalStar bricks and pavers incorporate 37% recycled content and, unlike clay, do not require firing. This innovative process cuts manufacturing energy by 81% and emits 84% less CO2 versus clay masonry.
- CalStar Brick
Kingspan Insulated Panels North America is part of KingspanGroup plc, the world’s largest manufacturer of insulated metal panels, and as such is committed to reducing the impact of its business operations, products and services on the environment. Kingspan is committed to supplying energy efficient products for net-zero buildings, transparent environmental reporting, and achieving NetZero energy consumption in its facilities by 2020.
Excel Dryer is the manufacturer of XLERATOR®, the original, patented high-speed energy efficient hand dryer. XLERATOR® completely dries hands three times faster (in 10-15 seconds) and uses 80% less energy than conventional hand dryers. XLERATOR® represents a 95% cost savings when compared to paper towels, eliminates their maintenance and waste, while creating a more hygienic restroom environment. XLERATOR® is the only dryer that is Made in USA Certified®, the first to be GreenSpec® listed and qualifies for several LEED® Credits. A peer reviewed (per ISO 14040 standards) Life Cycle Assessment of XLERATOR® confirmed it reduces the carbon footprint of hand drying by 50-70% when compared to both traditional hand dryers and even 100% recycled paper towels. XLERATOR® is now available with a full line of accessories featuring the only certified HEPA filtration system with a washable pre-filter for reliable performance and a longer life span, antimicrobial wall guards and the XChanger® paper towel dispenser retrofit kit. XLERATOR® helps commercial facilities save time, money and the environment.
USG is North America’s leading producer of gypsum wallboard, joint compound and a vast array of related products for the construction and remodeling industries. We are also the global leader in the manufacture of ceiling suspension systems and are recognized as the premier acoustical panel and specialty ceiling systems innovator. From the product formulations we choose, to the processes we employ, USG is committed to products that are designed, manufactured, distributed and used in a sustainable way and minimize overall environmental impact. Our family of products provides creative building solutions that set new standards for productivity and efficiency, helping contractors and architects deliver high quality and innovative designs.
- Frost™ Firecode®, Sandrift™ Firecode®, Glacier ™ Firecode® Ceilings
- Frost™ ClimaPlus™, Sandrift™ ClimaPlus™, Bria™ ClimaPlus™ Ceilings
- Glacier™, “F” Fissured™ Ceilings
- Eclipse™ ClimaPlus™, Astro® ClimaPlus™ Ceilings
- Mars ClimaPlus™ Ceilings
- Millennia® ClimaPlus™ Ceilings
- Olympia Micro™ ClimaPlus™ Ceilings
- Radar™ Ceilings
- Radar™ Firecode®, Radar™ ClimaPlus™ High-NRC/High-CAC Ceilings
- Radar™ ClimaPlus™ Ceilings
- Radar™ ClimaPlus™ Open Plan Ceilings
- Radar™ ClimaPlus™ High Durability, Radar™ ClimaPlus™ High-CAC Ceilings
- USG Sheetrock® Brand Firecode® X Panels (GA Industry-wide EPD)
- USG Sheetrock® Brand EcoSmart gypsum panels Firecode® X
- USG Sheetrock® Brand EcoSmart gypsum panels Firecode® 30
CERATECH, Inc. is a clean, green cement technology company that has successfully developed and commercialized the world’s first environmentally friendly green concrete system.
CeraTech’s core technology converts industrial waste by-products produced by coal-fired power generation plants into hydraulic cements that provide greater durability and construction benefits when compared to portland cement. When utilizing CERATECH™ Green Cements the complete manufacturing cycle of existing cements is displaced, and tremendous environmental benefits are realized through reduced CO2 output, energy savings, preservation of virgin resources, reduced landfill requirements, profound water savings—all while providing a more durable, long life concrete.
Based in Canada and launched at Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia, GlasCurtain offers a strong and durable Fiberglass Composite Curtain Wall Framing System that reduces energy costs by 5-10% and GHGs by 60%, meeting the full Architecture 2030 Challenge 17 years early. Exclusively designed for triple-glazed applications, GlasCurtain is dedicated to improving envelope performance, particularly on projects striving for LEED and LBC certifications.
As a market leader, Vetrotech Saint-Gobain’s proven approach has been to act as specialists in fire rated glass by providing dedicated and guaranteed customer service, technical support, expertise and product application support throughout the United States and Canada. Parent company, Saint-Gobain, ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for environmental responsibility, is the world’s largest building products manufacturer.
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable. Ultimately, Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2015 sales of $5.4 billion and employs about 15,000 people in 25 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 61 consecutive years.
- EcoTouch® Unbonded Loosefill Insulation
- FOAMULAR® XPS Insulation
- Thermafiber® Mineral Wool Insulation
- Owens Corning® Asphalt Shingles
- EcoTouch® Unfaced Insulation
- EcoTouch® Kraft-Faced Insulation
- EcoTouch® Flame Spread 25 Insulation
- EcoTouch® Foil Faced Insulation
- Fiberglas™ Pipe Insulation
- 700 Series Fiberglas™ Insulation
- QuietR® Duct Board†
- EcoTouch® Insulation for Flexible Duct†
- SOFTR® Duct Wrap†
- EcoTouch® Insulation for Certified R Metal Building†
- EcoTouch® Insulation for MBI Plus†
- EcoTouch® Insulation for Metal Building Utility Blanket†
† URL of EPD Transparency Summary is provided; full EPD is available upon request while website is being updated.
As pioneers in eco-fiber innovation, Universal Fibers’ commitment to sustainability is unwavering and steadfast. Based in Bristol, Virginia USA with additional facilities in Tennessee, Europe, Thailand and China, Universal Fibers, Inc. is a global leader in the production of high quality, solution-dyed synthetic filament-based fibers for the flooring, transportation, medical and industrial fibers industries. Universal Fibers is an ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certified company.
ADOPTERS: DESIGN PROFESSIONALS
SERA Architects is a multi-discipline firm committed to sustainable design for the built environment. A 100% employee-owned design firm based in Portland, Oregon, SERA provides architecture, interior design, urban design & planning, and sustainability expertise to a range of government, private, and non-profit clients. SERA has a proud history creating successful, award-winning projects that strive for a sense of beauty, proportion, and specificity of place while maintaining functionality and durability over time.
ZGF is a national practice with more than 450 professionals offering services in architecture, planning, urban design and interior design. The firm started in Portland, Oregon, and has grown to include offices in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York and Washington D.C. ZGF’s work represents a diverse portfolio of public and private projects in settings ranging from dense urban centers to university campuses and research institutions across the country. The firm’s approach is to capitalize on the unique qualities of each place to create buildings that respect the existing environment and strengthen or even heal the fabric of which they become a part.
Kenneth Klos, Architect LLC provides full architectural services, from master plan and site selection assistance to design, contract documentation and construction administration. Kenneth Klos, Architect LLC is also a Certified Passive House Consultant, providing energy efficient design/construction.
Cannon Design is an Ideas Based Practice, ranked among the leading international firms in planning and design for healthcare, science & technology, education, sports & recreation, commercial and government clients. Cannon Design has developed Material Life, a design tool that enables project teams to assess and purposely select materials with lower embodied energy. This tool graphically compares construction systems and materials from “cradle-to-gate” in a format that empowers design teams to make deliberate choices focused on global energy-use reductions, and allows us to make choices for our projects that have a positive supply-chain and life-cycle impact.
- Material Life
Degenkolb Engineers is the country’s oldest earthquake engineering firm and is focused on healthcare, higher education, government, lifeline, energy, life science and high tech institutions in high seismic zones. With more than 170 employees, Degenkolb Engineers is a pioneer in displacement-based analysis, performance-based engineering, and protective systems for high seismic performance.
Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA) is an international award-winning design firm providing structural and civil engineering services worldwide. Founded in 1923, the firm has offices in Seattle, Chicago, Riyadh, and Shanghai. With enhanced expertise in structural, civil, seismic, and wind engineering, the firm is organized into specialty groups, bringing targeted knowledge and understanding of 16 facility types and 21 technical areas. MKA’s advanced approach consistently delivers safe, enduring, creative, cutting-edge designs.
Established in 1984, Studio Points continues the master architect tradition of practice as an exploration to create beautiful, functional, living built environments that sustain human endeavors. Studio Points is committed to changing outcome. Studio Points promotes the use of Environmental Product Declarations and strives to reduce the carbon footprint of all our work by choosing local and reclaimed products and promoting zero waste and on-site renewables.
KPFF is committed to stewardship of the environment and our valuable natural resources. We promote sustainable design through early project involvement and active cross-disciplinary coordination. Early involvement in projects allows us to work closely with the other team members and explore how we can incorporate sustainable design features in the most cost-effective and design efficient manner. We are continuously looking to improve the environment and protect our valuable natural resources with sustainable design—through the use of innovative products, by utilizing sustainable materials, and by creative integration of design with the entire project team. Many of our staff have continued their education in sustainable practices. Over 300 of our projects have achieved a LEED Certification Rating as indicated on the project detail pages.
BNIM’s Sustainable Action Plan guides every project in our practice to set, measure, and transparently report impacts across 6 categories: energy, water, ecology, wellness, equity, and resources. Building on our progress to achieve 100% operational emissions reduction per the 2030 Challenge, BNIM further commits to reducing the embodied carbon dioxide emissions across all projects by 65% by 2030, 100% by 2040, and 20% net positive by 2050.
BuildingGreen, Inc is an independent company committed to providing accurate, unbiased, and timely information designed to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings. Through GreenSpec, users can find building products with disclosure information, including EPDs.
- Products With EPDs in GreenSpec
- 2030 Challenge for Products Information Hub
The Healthy Building Network (HBN) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to transform the market for building materials to advance the best environmental, health and social practices. HBN’s Pharos Project (www.pharosproject.net) is an on-line materials evaluation tool that promotes these best practices by providing users with transparent and comprehensive information on the environmental and health impacts of building products and their chemical and material ingredients.
- 2030 Challenge for Products Information Hub
PatternMapping institute provides timely information and the means to use it with intelligence. Their Better Buildings Guide lists green building standards for 23 of the most common and impactful buildings products and aims to build momentum for widespread understanding of building products’ environmental impacts. PatternMapping institute supports and promotes the use of Environmental Product Declarations and encourages their community to adopt the 2030 Challenge for Products.
GreenWizard, Inc. is the leading software provider for the design and construction community, simplifying the process of managing green and sustainable construction projects. As a technology partner for the 2030 Challenge for Products, GreenWizard allows building product manufacturers to load HPD, EPDs, LCA and underlying sustainable attributes into its database. Users can then search products based on specific criteria relative to their project goals. GreenWizard combines product transparency with its Energy Reduction Calculator, LEED Online integration and project collaboration to deliver a comprehensive workflow tool.
Sphere E is an innovative web-tool that will enable building professionals to achieve highly efficient product evaluation, comparison and reporting. It will provide expert ranked, benchmarked and visualized LCA data on the environmental performance of products and services, developed with strategic partners PE INTERNATIONAL and Nemetschek BG. Sphere E will enable users to create custom reports useful with BIM tools, LEED applications, specification documents, CSR and sustainability reports, documenting how their product selection has reduced the building footprint and improved the ROI on a building project or portfolio.
The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute is a membership-based non-profit research collaborative bringing life cycle assessment (LCA) to the construction sector. An objective think tank, the Athena Institute is working with leading edge construction sector practitioners, product manufacturers and policy makers in partnership towards the next generation of green buildings.
The Carbon Leadership Forum is an industry-academic collaborative research effort hosted by the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. The CLF is working together to link the scientific rigor of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)/Carbon Accounting and industry best practices in order to help enable quantifiable reduction to the environmental impact of the built environment.
Founded in 1930, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association is the leading industry advocate for ready mixed concrete. The NRMCA provides exceptional value for its members by responsibly representing and serving the entire ready mixed concrete industry through leadership, promotion, education and partnering to ensure ready mixed concrete is the building material of choice. NRMCA is aslo an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) Program Operator to help concrete producers and concrete product suppliers meet new requirements in green building rating systems and initiatives.
PE INTERNATIONAL is the global market leader in software solutions and services in the field of enterprise sustainability, life cycle assessment, and innovation. With more than 20 years of experience and 20 offices around the globe, PE INTERNATIONAL offers two leading software solutions – GaBi for product sustainability and SoFi for corporate and supply chain sustainability. Applied methods include implementing management systems, developing sustainability indicators, life cycle assessment (LCA), carbon footprint, design for environment (DfE) and environmental product declarations (EPD), technology benchmarking, or eco-efficiency analysis, emissions management, clean development mechanism projects and strategic CSR consulting.
Over 1500 companies and institutions worldwide put their trust in PE INTERNATIONAL’s consulting, software, and databases. Long-time clients include market leaders such as BASF, Herman Miller, Interface, ThyssenKrupp, ARUP and Johnson Controls. PE INTERNATIONAL works extensively in the building and construction industry with raw material suppliers, manufacturers, architects, designers, contractors, owners and operators. This value-chain view allows for seamless development and delivery of transparent information via product and building life cycle assessment, product declarations and supplier engagement programs.
MTS dedicates its entire operation to raising awareness of the positive impact that manufacturing, promoting, and purchasing sustainable product choices has on every aspect of our daily lives. MTS manages the SMaRT© Sustainable Product Standard, a comprehensive, transparent, consensus-based sustainable product standard that measures a product’s environmental, economic and social benefits over its life cycle and throughout its global supply chain, from raw materials extraction through reclamation or re-use.
EcoSpex™ is a transformative online platform for the verification, documentation, specification and knowledge of sustainable construction materials. The first tool and resource of its kind in North America, EcoSpex is poised to become the leading ‘go-to’ site for green building materials, best practices, and market intelligence.