Landmark study shows how to change the building sector from a major carbon emitter to a major carbon sink | TreeHugger

Landmark study shows how to change the building sector from a major carbon emitter to a major carbon sink | TreeHugger

The study complains that “the response to building-related emissions has been to focus solely on energy efficiency, but this may result in initiatives and policies that will raise emissions rather than lower them.” We have covered Magwood’s work on this before, but it has never been more clear: Building a highly energy-efficient structure can actually produce more greenhouse gases than a basic code-compliant one if carbon-intensive materials are used.

When in fact, if designed out of the right materials, “we can feasibly and affordably capture and store vast amounts of carbon in buildings, transforming the sector from a major emitter to a major carbon sink.”

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