The building industry is working to embrace its responsibility as a major contributor to climate change. More recently, the Architecture 2030 Challenge has added a Product Challenge to its overall mission to drive embodied carbon in buildings and building products down to zero by the year 2030.

Urging architects to help lead this major industry transformation, advocates are encouraging specifications of low- to no-carbon product alternatives in design specifications.

Learning Objectives

  • Acknowledge the major impact that building, and building products and materials are making on greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon, and climate change.
  • Recognize how the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products focus on lowering embodied carbon is a critical aspect of reducing carbon emissions and lowering the impact of climate change.
  • Acknowledge the importance of building product manufacturers (BPMs) working to reduce the embodied carbon of their products and making life cycle assessment (LCA) information easily available to specifiers.
  • Realize the key role that architects play in driving market change by including low/no carbon footprint product performance requirements in their specifications.