Using recycled building materials or materials that contain recycled content is a straightforward step to sustainability for building designers and construction professionals.
Reducing the operational carbon output of buildings has long been an important topic of discussion, but drilling down even further, the architecture, engineering and construction industries are now turning an eye to embodied carbon. Embodied carbon of building materials refers the amount of carbon that is emitted to produce and transport building materials before they hit the jobsite.
With buildings accounting for 39 percent of CO2 emissions in the United States, the commercial building industry has much to do in terms of mitigating future risks and adapting to changes in the environment already taking place.
With raging wildfires becoming a summertime norm, along with increased tornadic activity and ferocity of storms, resilient building design has never been more important.
Net zero carbon. Passive House. These two terms have been of much discussion in the world of building design and are now becoming more enticing to the eco-conscious public. But what does it all mean, and are such goals Utopian or achievable?
With the commercial and residential building sector accounting for 39 per cent of CO2 emissions in the United States per year, building owners, occupants and the public are showing interest in building materials that are not only aesthetically pleasing but safe for the planet.