Architects are increasingly focused on creating environmentally sound projects by incorporating sustainability into design. This shift to sustainable design centers around the selection of sustainable building products and materials.
– the greenhouse gas emissions from the extraction, manufacture and transport of building materials - will be responsible for 74%
of all CO2
emissions of new buildings in the next 10 years. Unlike operational carbon, which can be reduced during a building’s lifetime, embodied carbon emissions are fixed in place as soon as a building is complete and can’t be decreased.
Architects can help address climate change and reduce embodied carbon in the built environment by prioritizing the selection of sustainable building materials.
To obtain greater detail about individual products that go into a building’s construction and to more easily select green building materials, architects can leverage credible resources and green building material certifications like these:
Mindful Materials database
A free platform designed to make it easier to make more informed building material choices, the Mindful Materials database has become the leading building industry resource for aggregated health and sustainability product data. The database contains more than 8,200 products and 170+ published manufacturers, allowing project teams to access product options with sustainability attributes in a single location.
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
With EPDs manufacturers provide comprehensive information about the life-cycle environmental impact of their products and services. EPDs, which follow an ISO standard to report information, can help architects gain a better understanding of a product’s environmental performance and impacts.
Architects researching EPDs for insulated metal panels will find
that Kingspan Insulated Metal Panels’ current EPD is certified by SCS Global Services, an international leader in third-party certification and standards development in environmental, sustainability, food safety and quality performance claims.