Changing the way we look at carbon


There are two types of carbon emissions with respect to a building: operational carbon and embodied carbon. Operational carbon refers to carbon dioxide emitted during the life of a building, emissions from heating, cooling, lighting, etc. Embodied carbon refers to carbon dioxide emitted during the extraction, manufacture, and transport of building materials.

What is materialsCAN?

materialsCAN includes members of the global building industry that are ready to act on the smart prioritization of embodied carbon in building materials. Find us on Twitter and LinkedIn, or download our handy one-pager for more info.

Measuring for success

Remember to evaluate and choose building materials with a low carbon footprint. You can measure your carbon footprint with the Embodied Carbon Calculator for Construction.

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