Embodied Carbon Resources
This section includes embodied carbon and life cycle analysis resources, including methodology and tools, policies and codes, and project case studies, to support low carbon construction materials. Introductory guides explain the basics of calculating carbon throughout the life cycle of a building; calculators and web-tools will highlight material carbon intensities, and other references will suggest how materials should be specified.
The built environment accounts for 39% of total carbon emissions in the United States. Operational carbon reduction has been the focus of high-performance building design for years. However, attention should be given to address a building’s embodied carbon. Embodied carbon is the carbon dioxide emitted during the manufacture, transport, and construction of building materials, combined with end of life emissions. Embodied carbon is less discernible than operational carbon, yet an equally important carbon emission source that is causing environmental degradation.