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.