Yesterday was a big day for embodied carbon policy in the U.S. that really demonstrates the growing momentum on embodied carbon policy and leadership from policymakers at the local and federal levels alike:
Biden signed an Executive Order addressing a broad range of sustainability strategies to be executed across the federal government, including: “Net-zero emissions from federal procurement no later than 2050, including a Buy Clean policy to promote use of construction materials with lower embodied emissions”. Specifically, the GSA will require contractors to disclose the embodied carbon of building materials for new building and major modernization contracts beginning in 2022, among other actions.
On the other side of the country, San Francisco launched their new 2021 Climate Action Plan. Check out RPC-1 (on pg. 106), which includes 7 strategies to support "Achieving a total carbon balance across the building and infrastructure sectors."