Addressing the role of carbon in buildings is an essential component of reducing our carbon footprint. Buildings account for 74% of electricity consumption and a third of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States according to the Energy Information Administration and Environmental Protection Agency.
Examining a building’s energy use, or operational carbon, is only one aspect of reducing and eliminating emissions—embodied carbon is the biggest piece. But what is embodied carbon and what can we do about it?
Embodied carbon describes the footprint involved in the creation and conclusion of a building—from material production, sourcing and construction, to the end of a building’s life—and comprises three-quarters of a buildings carbon emissions over its lifecycle, according to the Architects Climate Action Network.
Rushing is at the forefront of a green building revolution to address embodied carbon in our built environment. Rushing multifamily projects have contributed to an annual reduction of more than 200 million tons of CO2 emissions—equal to 20,000 homes worth of energy use, or 4.5 million trees. And Rushing’s team of in-house engineering and sustainability experts are poised to partner with project teams—developers, architects, contractors and engineers—to reduce both embodied and operational carbon.
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