Here’s what you can do:
- Contact your local and national representatives in support of policies favorable to sustainable development and resilient construction.
- Demand long lifespan, durable construction in the built environment.
- Look for opportunities to re-use or renovate the built environment.
- When beginning a building or construction project, choose sustainable materials and construction practices.
- Build with resiliency in mind to withstand extreme weather events and reduce the impact on our planet.
- Incorporate lower-carbon cements in your specifications.
- Consider using a performance-based mix design to reduce cement content with additives like portland-limestone cement, supplementary cementitious materials, and admixtures to achieve the project’s strength needs.
- Look for opportunities to build with sustainability goals in mind, and encourage project owners to build with a sustainability mindset.
- Optimize designs for the entire life cycle of the project.
Consider opportunities on the jobsite to reduce CO2 emissions by…
- Sourcing local materials to reduce transportation emissions.
- Replacing raw materials with recycled materials.
- Choosing lower-emission or electric vehicles and equipment.
- Eliminating or reducing excess lighting on site.
- Reducing the amount of time equipment idles.
- Finding uses for the construction debris, such as donating to a Habitat for Humanity home.
- Ordering only the amount of concrete needed.
- Committing to the “Contractor’s Commitment to Sustainable Building Practices” found here: Contractors-Committment-Sustainability.pdf
Implement public policy that…
- Removes unnecessary obstacles to using lower carbon materials and carbon capture technology.
- Accelerates the research, funding and investment in manufacturing, material innovation, and carbon capture utilization and storage technologies and associated infrastructure.
- Streamlines regulation, siting, and permitting practices for facility and infrastructure modernization.
- Recognizes and credits industry for CO2 reduction efforts.
- Considers a market-based carbon price – preferably a cap and-trade mechanism consistent with core principles, including fairness, transparency, and innovation.
- Favors market acceptance of lower-carbon cements and concrete.
- Supports adoption of performance-based standards for building materials.
- Considers the full product, material, and building life cycle in procurement standards and policy.
- Promotes investments in clean fuel, energy, transportation, and industrial infrastructure.
- Provides leakage protections for domestic manufacturers competing against less regulated imports.
- Developers: develop with a low carbon footprint in mind.
- Project Owners: have your design team design the space with a low carbon footprint in mind.
- Cities: make sure building codes are up to date and demand the most stringent energy codes.
Other Industry Associations:
- Encourage your members to do their part in achieving carbon neutrality. Use the PCA Roadmap as a template for developing your own industry’s roadmap. Contact us for guidance!
- Share and align messaging related to the Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality.
- Highlight industry leaders and success stories via case studies.