Our innovative approach to reducing embodied carbon is a key aspect of building 7-Gen Communities.
Buildings account for nearly 40% of total greenhouse emissions. According to the Carbon Action Network, between now and 2060 the world’s population will be doubling the amount of building floor-space, equivalent to building an entire New York City every month for 40 years.
The energy used within buildings on a regular basis, operational carbon, can be reduced through new efficiencies. But embodied carbon — the emissions associated with building material manufacturing and construction — is locked in once the structure is built.
We have several methods of reducing embodied carbon, and our palette of options continues to grow with new innovations.
For example, we are pioneering light-weight structures using mass timber instead of traditional concrete and steel. This greatly reduces embodied carbon, and also provides better circularity.
Embodied carbon represents nearly half of the carbon impact of new construction today — we must greatly reduce this proportion as we build 7-Gen Communities.
Principles for Sustainable Communities
Distributed energy systems powered by renewable energy sources can supply communities and feed energy back to a centralized grid to meet peak needs.
The use and efficiency of one of our most precious resources, water, is given careful attention in our 7-Gen Communities.
Our innovative approach to reducing embodied carbon is a key aspect of building sustainable communities.
Designing sustainable transportation options to reduce the carbon footprint of communities.
Innovations such as carousel parking within sustainable communities allows for the use of park-like green spaces where parking lots once dominated.
Building sustainable communities using renewable energy sources and green building methods for low operational carbon impacts.
We aim to restore disturbed land, creating new urban assets with minimal disruption of foodland and natural habitats.