The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced a $2 billion investment for more than 150 construction projects that will use “low-embodied carbon” materials.
On November 6, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced a $2 billion investment for more than 150 construction projects that will use “low-embodied carbon” (LEC) materials-- lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions associated with their production, use, and disposal. This initiative is funded through the Inflation Reduction Act and follows a pilot for low embodied carbon construction materials announced earlier this year. The projects will prioritize the use of American-made low carbon asphalt, concrete, glass and steel.
AGC members have been at the forefront of building green for decades, making communities safer and healthier, and our public infrastructure more efficient and resilient. AGC continues to engage with the federal agencies and member companies alike on climate issues. Specific to low-embodied carbon materials or “buy clean” programs, AGC has encouraged GSA to implement a phased approach, the use of pilots, and waivers. AGC will continue its advocacy and engagement with relevant agencies, including the GSA, to communicate the concerns of members and facilitate better partnerships and collaborations to deliver better projects for federal agencies.
Members can learn more through the announcement linked above and the industry Fact Sheet authored by GSA on Low-embodied Carbon Projects. AGC will continue to follow federal efforts associated with low-embodied carbon materials.
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