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