It’s no secret that the construction industry is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse-gas emissions. The numbers are staggering: Embodied carbon currently makes up 11% or more of global emissions; by comparison, that’s more than five times higher than the 2% of global emissions produced by the entire aviation industry.
With a projected 2.5 trillion square feet of new buildings being constructed around the world by 2060—equal to adding a New York City to the planet every 34 days for the next four decades—emissions associated with embodied carbon will skyrocket if left unchecked.
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Photo Credit: The Port of Seattle was an initial pilot partner of the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3). The EC3 tool helps the Port adhere to sustainability goals for capital projects, such as the North Satellite Modernization Project at the Seattle-...