Why Does Embodied Carbon Matter for MEP?

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Buildings generate the most global carbon emissions annually. Energy use makes up ~30% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions, while embodied carbon adds up to ~10%. Architecture 2030 challenges architects to design more energy efficient buildings, but the impacts of the systems installed can be significant. Mechanical equipment, delivery, refrigerants, and refrigerant leaks are commonly excluded from life-cycle analysis studies, so we don’t know the full extent of their impacts.

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