Data-Driven Design—Lowering Embodied Carbon
Ante Vulin, LEED AP BD+C, Tetra Tech High Performance Buildings Group senior sustainability strategist, discusses strategies for lowering the embodied carbon of our building projects as part of our Data-Driven Design series.
Buildings are responsible for nearly 40 percent of annual global CO2 emissions. While we focus largely on reducing operational carbon emissions, the building materials and construction process, otherwise known as embodied carbon, are responsible for a significant portion of that yearly output. With the global stock expected to double by 2060, reducing embodied carbon through materials reduction, reuse, and carbon sequestration, is key to achieving a zero net carbon future.
By first defining embodied carbon and providing context to the true scale of its emissions, then providing actionable methods for reducing it on our projects today, Ante constructs a roadmap toward achieving the carbon drawdown necessary for combatting the worst impacts of climate change.