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Embodied carbon looming as the next construction challenge

By Jean Sorensen
The Journal of Commerce
February 12, 2020
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Reducing embodied carbon in new construction by almost half is the challenge looming before the construction industry as it heads towards 2030.  Anthony Pak, principal of Priopta and the founder of the Embodied Carbon Network Canada, calls embodied carbon the “blind spot” or the area of construction “that has historically been neglected.”  In the coming decade, the focus will be on reducing embodied carbon in construction. …Pak will also discuss design strategies for reducing embodied carbon and how they can impact the choice of building materials such as using less but stronger concrete.  Wood is seen as a more sustainable alternative but Pak said it can be influenced by whether the wood is derived from a certified body such as the Forest Stewardship Council.

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