We are committed to designing embodied and operational carbon out of our new and renovated buildings to achieve a carbon neutral built environment by 2050.

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Interested in collaborating with other individuals working toward embodied carbon reduction? Join a network taskforce today to exchange knowledge and resources.

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The Embodied Carbon Network will hold its first all-member web conference in January 2017. Connect with a topic-specific taskforce now to start engaging.

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Why Embodied Carbon?

The built environment accounts for nearly half of the United States’ total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While progress has been made toward improving the carbon footprint of the building sector – particularly through reducing carbon emitted by operating buildings – greater effort is needed to address ‘embodied’ carbon, the less discernible, yet equally important source of environmental degradation that results from producing building materials and construction.

What do we mean by embodied carbon? Making building materials and products cause greenhouse gas emissions. Activities such as mining, driving trucks, running factories, and combining chemicals result in emissions to the air, earth and water. Embodied carbon is the sum impact of all the greenhouse gas emissions attributed to the materials throughout their life cycle (extracting from the ground, manufacturing, construction, maintenance and end of life/disposal).

Significant progress has been made to understand how to reduce operational emissions. However, there is a gap in our knowledge and effort toward reducing embodied emissions. Recognizing that meaningful change is a collaborative effort, the Embodied Carbon Network is working to close the gap by connecting individuals working toward similar goals to accelerate embodied carbon reduction in the built environment.