The newly built Founders Hall in the Foster School of Business at Washington University (UW), Seattle, is a six-story mass timber building that will store more than 1000 tons (2000 lbs) of CO2 for decades, keeping carbon out of the atmosphere for the lifetime of the building.
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)’s design for San Mateo County’s headquarters, which is currently under construction in the Silicon Valley, features a hybrid mass timber building, to achieve an 85 percent reduction in embodied carbon—which is greater than the 65 to 75 percent reduction generally offered by typical mass timber structures.
As buildings become more complex and connected, the demand for materials supporting high-performance facilities has also increased. This includes building controls, lighting, electrical and digital infrastructure, audio/visual (A/V), and other aspects of the structure.
International engineering firm Walter P Moore has released a stewardship report entitled Embodied Carbon, A Clearer View of Carbon Emissions. The report focuses on an issue of relevance for all material specifiers, which is the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
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