Addressing embodied carbon emissions begins with building and infrastructure design and material specifications, leading to policies for low- to carbon-positive building materials.
Prescriptive and Performance Specifications and Policies
Prescriptive and Performance measures are being developed and incorporated in both government policies, and in the design of buildings, infrastructure and the specifications of materials and systems. Prescriptive measures for reducing embodied carbon identify the attributes of infrastructure, buildings, and materials that result in lower embodied carbon emissions, while performance measures set maximum embodied carbon emission (Global Warming Potential) thresholds for each. Providing designers and builders with multiple pathways for reducing embodied carbon will facilitate more immediate and wide-spread emissions reduction adoptions.