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Embodied Carbon: Measuring How Building Materials Affect Climate

Just as operating buildings emits greenhouse gases, buying and installing building materials, product, and appliances causes emissions as well.

It’s easy to see how operating buildings emits greenhouse gases. Just as real but harder to see is how buying and installing building materials, products, and appliances causes emissions. Embodied carbon is a measure of the carbon emitted into the atmosphere in order to produce any of these things

Published March 30, 2011