Why Embodied Carbon Should Matter to Manufacturers

Helping Manufacturers Act on Embodied Carbon with Tools and Resources

Download Guide for Steps to Reduce Embodied Carbon Emissions.

The Manufacturer’s Guide to Embodied Carbon

Embodied carbon is now considered a critical element and near-term opportunity for addressing climate change. From AEC industry associations to state, local, and federal policy efforts, there is a growing movement toward low-carbon material decision-making on projects, meaning manufacturers must adapt to be selected for projects.

Download Building Transparency’s new guide, developed by the organization’s Materials Carbon Action Network (materialsCAN) specifically for manufacturers, to learn how to get started and act on embodied carbon.

What You’ll Find Inside

An Overview of What’s Driving Embodied Carbon Awareness & Action

How Customers Expect Manufacturers to Act on Embodied Carbon

Steps for Manufacturers to Reduce the Embodied Carbon Emissions of Products

Guidance on How to Make Progress Toward Carbon Negative Products (without Offsets)

And more!

Why Embodied Carbon?

Embodied carbon represents a significant opportunity to reduce the carbon impact of the built environment and its role in climate change. The building sector must begin to include embodied carbon as critical criteria for evaluating and selecting products and materials for projects. To do this, manufacturers must act on embodied carbon by:

Being transparent about the embodied carbon emissions of their products.

Reducing the embodied carbon emissions of their products through innovation.

Making progress toward carbon negative products.

Communicating progress along the way.


materialsCAN is comprised of members of the global building industry ready to act on the smart prioritization of embodied carbon in building materials. The group is focused on:

Improving embodied carbon awareness via client, industry, and external partnerships.

Developing the resources and tools needed to support embodied carbon action, including the Manufacturer’s Guide to Embodied Carbon.

Enabling analysis and prioritization of embodied carbon goals in specifications.

Highlighting case studies on low carbon, carbon neutral, and carbon sequestering interiors.

Promoting the EC3 Tool for comparing the embodied carbon of building materials.

Interested in learning more about materialsCAN and what leading building product manufacturers are already doing?