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Is the Greenest House the One That’s Already Built?


When it comes to combatting climate change, the high-performance building industry has made great gains by focusing on reducing operational carbon emissions in buildings, resulting in new homes that use far less energy than existing ones. However, focusing solely on operational carbon emissions is short-sighted and misses the whole picture. We should be asking additional questions: what is the impact of embodied carbon, how does it relate to operational carbon, and how should we consider their relative importance? Considering these questions helps our architecture firm better serve our clients, especially those who are choosing between renovating their existing homes and building new high-performance homes, and it helps drives best practices within the industry.

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