Primer

Carbon Offsets and How to Select Them

With more owners looking to reverse the embodied carbon impact of their buildings, it’s important to know how to buy legitimate offsets.

What if you could write a check to magically cancel out your carbon footprint?

Actually, you can: that’s the whole idea behind carbon offsets, which building owners can purchase in order to negate their greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon offsets can be used to make up for either embodied carbon (the emissions associated with construction materials and activities) or operational carbon (the emissions associated with operating the building).

Published September 9, 2019