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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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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 Mantle314

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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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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