Embodied Carbon

Our Top Climate Reads of 2020
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With 2020 coming to a close, we at Mantle314 took a look back at the reports, papers, and articles on climate change that had the biggest impact on us. Despite the enormous challenges presented by COVID-19, the world made important steps this year towards accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy. Whether it’s better disclosure…

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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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Embodied Carbon
Embodied Carbon in Construction: Policy Primer for Ontario
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This primer provides an overview of the concept of embodied carbon and describes how life cycle assessment (LCA) can be used to calculate and minimize life cycle GHG impacts from construction projects. It draws on the lessons learned from a recent case study that calculated the embodied carbon of a new commercial building in Toronto…

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Embodied Carbon of Buildings and Infrastructure
Embodied Carbon of Buildings and Infrastructure
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Addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings and infrastructure is a key component of the global fight against climate change. This report was commissioned by Forestry Innovation Investment Ltd (FII), and examines international best practices towards measuring, reporting, and reducing embodied carbon. Read more.

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Addressing Carbon Debt
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Ryan Zizzo explains what key steps can be taken to minimize embodied carbon in infrastructure construction and outlines some global best practices for addressing the carbon debt of Canada’s buildings. Read more.

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