13 Sep '18, 8pm

Why embodied carbon is so important and what designers can do about it

Why embodied carbon is so important and what designers can do about it

Paula Melton writes an important article, and raises some serious questions about our beloved mass timber construction. We have said before that we should be thinking about embodied carbon in everything that we build or buy. Over at BuildingGreen, Paula Melton writes an important post about The Urgency of Embodied Carbon and What You Can Do about It. Melton defines embodied carbon as the carbon dioxide greenhouse gases released when we construct our buildings in the first place, noting that the manufacture of building materials makes up 11% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. That 11% might sound small compared with the impact of operational energy (28%), but for new construction, embodied carbon matters just as much as energy efficiency and renewables. That’s because the emissions we produce between now and 2050 will determine whether we meet the goals of the 2015 P...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/why-embodie...

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