Annually, the embodied carbon of buildings is responsible for 11% of global GHG emissions. Additionally, concrete, steel, and aluminum alone produce 20% or more of total global GHG emissions. Eliminating these emissions is the key to addressing climate change and meeting Paris Climate Agreement targets.
Developed by Architecture 2030, with support from members of the Embodied Carbon Network (ECN), the Carbon Smart Materials Palette provides attribute-based design and material specification guidance for immediately impactful, globally applicable and scalable embodied carbon reductions in the built environment.
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.
The Carbon Smart Materials Palette is an Architecture 2030 Project. We’d like to acknowledge the following individuals who contributed content. Over 25 individuals from over 20 organizations have contributed so far including, but not limited to, the following:
- Kate Simonen | University of Washington, Carbon Leadership Forum
- David Arkin | Arkin Tilt Architects
- Jordan Palmeri | Oregon DEQ
- Gale Tedhams | Owens Corning
- Andres Legge | Havelock Wool
- Massey Burke | California Straw Building Association
- Pamela Bosch | Highland Hemp House
- Lona Rerick | ZGF Architects
- Ann Knight | Resource Fiber LLC
- Darrel DeBoer | DeBoer Architects
- Lisa Conway | Interface