Embodied Carbon

Buy Clean California Publishes Embodied Carbon Limits
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California has published the carbon caps that will come into effect on July 1, 2021. These caps will set an upper limit on the embodied carbon intensity for certain construction materials purchased by the state and effectively ensures that only ‘low carbon’ suppliers and supply chains are used by California state purchases. These caps come…

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Vancouver Releases Plan to Reduce Embodied Emissions by 40%
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To date, more than 1,700 jurisdictions have declared a climate emergency. Vancouver has long been a global climate leader, adopting innovative policies and taking strong action to enable a more sustainable lifestyle. Vancouver declared a climate emergency in January 2019 and developed its Climate Emergency Response report, which was approved by the City Council in…

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Mass Timber’s Carbon Impact
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Though mass timber offers many benefits over traditional building materials, its renewable nature and negative carbon impact are perhaps the most exciting. Turning trees into timber emits fewer greenhouse gases than the manufacture of traditional building materials like steel and concrete. That alone is a carbon benefit. However, it’s the carbon that is removed from…

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Beyond Energy Efficiency
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How a focus on low carbon materials can set your green building apart As energy-efficient green buildings and their associated certifications like LEED have become table stakes for high-performance buildings, asset owners are struggling to set themselves apart in an increasingly green market. One way to stand out is to reduce embodied carbon by using…

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What is Mass Timber and Why Should Canada Lead the Industry?
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When we talk about a bold new green technology that could radically transform our society, the mind goes first to renewable energies, biodegradable plastics, electric vehicles. But one of today’s most exciting green technologies is also one of humanity’s oldest: wood. Timber used to be humankind’s primary building material, until concrete and steel took center…

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Net Zero Carbon Construction
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Download report Understanding Embodied Carbon & Net Zero Carbon Construction When it comes to creating lower-carbon construction, does the building industry have a blind spot? For a model of true sustainable development, consider Evergreen Brick Works’ landmark location in Toronto’s Don Valley. There, the historic Kiln Building has been transformed into the TD Future Cities…

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