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Buildings are more than the sum of their parts. However, as the construction sector is responsible for approximately 40 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions, those individual parts can play a critical role in capping global temperature rise at 1.5°C to protect our planet from the worst impacts of climate change.

One way that multifamily builders and developers can lower the carbon footprint of a new-construction building is by choosing more environmentally friendly building materials. Some options are new and some are tried and true, but all can help to reduce embodied carbon, which is the carbon released during the manufacturing, production and transportation of building materials. By constructing a project with reduced-carbon steel, green concrete or mass timber, for example, developers create a more sustainable building and set an example of environmental stewardship.