Embodied Carbon

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Green Stimulus: Support the economy, boost local jobs and cut carbon with upfront carbon caps on infrastructure projects
Green Stimulus: Support the economy, boost local jobs and cut carbon with upfront carbon caps on infrastructure projects 1024 602 Mantle

With the economy severely battered by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the government of Canada is taking unprecedented action to support Canadian workers and businesses. As was the case after the 2008 financial crisis, the government will likely look towards infrastructure spending to fund shovel-ready projects. To jump-start the economy, support Canadian workers (without running afoul…

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Time for a bold response to our converging health and climate emergencies
Time for a bold response to our converging health and climate emergencies 1024 768 Mantle

The current COVID-19 health crisis portends a future with increased climate-related disruptions where multiple shocks occur causing significant impacts to systems and economies. This experience has highlighted resiliency gaps across businesses, governments and institutions. At the same time, seeing how the global community, businesses, and citizens have come together to mitigate a collective risk that…

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Changes in LEED v4.1 make life cycle assessment and embodied carbon management more flexible
Changes in LEED v4.1 make life cycle assessment and embodied carbon management more flexible 600 392 Mantle

You’ve probably heard of a “LEED Building”; you may even live or work in one. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most popular green building rating system in the world. Its voluntary best-practices have played a major role in the greening of the construction industry. Canada has over 3,800 LEED buildings. Over…

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Embodied Carbon Developments Roundup: Shifting from Reporting to Meaningful Action
Embodied Carbon Developments Roundup: Shifting from Reporting to Meaningful Action 600 400 Mantle

Action on addressing embodied carbon has continued to grow since our last roundup blog in December 2017. Embodied carbon refers to upstream and downstream building emissions, including those associated with the construction material harvest, manufacture and transportation phases that are not typically reflected in annual building energy bills. For example, a highly efficient “green building” may…

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Embodied Carbon is on Governments’ Radars with Requirements Coming
Embodied Carbon is on Governments’ Radars with Requirements Coming 600 400 Mantle

Buildings are becoming increasingly energy efficient, with “net-zero” buildings on the horizon. Most efficiency gains to-date have been operationally driven; however, building emissions don’t begin with the first occupants turning on the lights and HVAC system on move-in day. Construction material manufacture, transportation to site and the construction process result in a “carbon debt” before…

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