Choosing insulation materials with the lowest greenhouse gas impact

Embodied carbon refers to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that go into making materials. For example, insulation materials that contain carbon, need less energy to produce, and/or avoid hydrofluorocarbon blowing agents have the lowest (best) GHG impact. Many lower-GHG materials are also less toxic to workers and/or building occupants.

Join us at Better Buildings by Design (BBD) 2022. You can learn more about decarbonization through material selection. Have you wondered how to assess the embodied carbon impact of materials? Are you looking for regional sources of low embodied carbon insulation materials? Let Efficiency Vermont’s Brian Just help you figure it out. Register for BBD

Curious to learn more? Check out these examples of manufacturers and products from low to high embodied carbon impact. Read about how your next construction project could draw down carbon (PDF). 

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