Annually, embodied carbon is responsible 11% of global GHG emissions and 28% of global building sector emissions. Additionally, concrete, iron, and steel alone produce 9% or more of total global GHG emissions. Eliminating these emissions is the key to addressing climate change and meeting Paris Climate Agreement targets.
The Carbon Smart Materials Palette is an attribute-based design and specification guidance aimed at reducing the embodied carbon impacts of the built environment. It identifies key attributes that contribute to the carbon impact of a material and offers material-specific and whole-building design guidelines and options that reduce emissions.
The Carbon Smart Materials Palette is intended to be a living document, that represents the best available knowledge and resources at the time. It will be updated as more information becomes available.