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The National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council has issued its 2022 Moving Forward Report, looking closely at the relationship between the climate emergency and the built environment, and charting a path toward decarbonization of U.S. buildings.
The building sector is a significant contributor to carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, both internationally and domestically. Mitigating the effects of these emissions by decarbonizing the building sector will take an economy-wide effort, but the need to achieve emissions reductions is critically important.
The report specifically examines opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. building sector and provides recommendations for accelerating reductions in both embodied and operational carbon in existing buildings and new construction.
Among the Council’s recommendations:
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