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New materials are changing the lifetime emissions of buildings

Richard Gurney writes in GreenBiz on how new materials are changing the lifetime emissions of buildings.

The C3 Take
  • With construction material production accounting for about 25% of lifetime building emissions, it is important to find low-carbon alternatives for traditional building materials.
  • Technologies such as carbon capture and green hydrogen will go a long way in reducing building emissions, as will using more natural materials such as timber.
  • Currently there are technological and regulatory hurdles that impede upon buildings emissions reductions, such as insurance rates and the development of low-carbon hydrogen fuel.

“With construction material production accounting for an estimated 25 percent of the total lifetime emissions of buildings, decarbonizing this aspect of construction is a key building block of the industry’s support for global emissions targets. This area is undergoing rapid change, with the sustainable use of natural materials and adoption of net-zero techniques typically replacing the production of tried, tested and established traditional alternatives, such as concrete and steel.”

Read the full article here.

The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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