ACTIONS FOR ZERO CARBON BUILDINGS

Embodied Carbon

Embodied Carbon Actions

Achieving zero embodied emissions will require adopting the principles of reuse, including renovating existing buildings, using recycled materials, and designing for deconstruction; reduce, including material optimization and the specification of low to zero carbon materials; and sequester, including the design of carbon sequestering sites and the use of carbon sequestering materials.

Architecture 2030 Insight

Just three materials  – concrete, steel, and aluminum – are responsible for 23% of total global emissions (most from the built environment). There is incredible opportunity for embodied carbon reduction in these high-impact materials through policy, design, material selection, and specification.

> Explore the Carbon Smart Materials Palette to learn more about design, material selection, and specification for reducing embodied carbon emissions.

> Explore the City Policy Framework for Dramatically Reducing Embodied Carbon to learn more about policies that reduce embodied carbon emissions.