Designers play a crucial role in the building industry, making decisions about the materials that will be used in construction projects.
These decisions have a significant impact on the environmental impact of buildings.
As efforts to reduce building energy consumption have made significant progress, an increasingly larger share of building emissions come from embodied emissions, such as those from the materials used and their life cycle emissions. Embodied emissions now make up almost half of the total emissions of typical new buildings.
This doesn't only consider the body of the building, but also interiors. For example, due to short leasing times, often only 2-5 years, a standard office building can go through 20 interior fit-outs during an average 50 year lifespan. This is a large addition to the building's total emission load. Taking into account the need to cut down approximately 90% of emissions related to buildings and construction to meet the emission reduction goals of 2050, and the on-going trend of urbanization, we need all designers working in the field to strive towards a common goal.
Materialisting can help designers to make more sustainable choices by providing them with easy access to information about the environmental impact of different building materials and products. Materialisting's Environmental Profiles provide designers with detailed and accurate information about each product's carbon footprint, environmental impact, and suitability for circular economy.
This information can help designers to compare different products and select the most sustainable options for their projects. Materialisting also provides designers with tools and resources to help them incorporate sustainability into their design process.
For example, Materialisting's Reporting Tool enables designers to calculate a comprehensive Environmental Profile for all materials in their Project Folder, for a chosen time period, considering all necessary replacements based on the products' technical service lives. This information helps designers identify optimal material combinations and opportunities to reduce the overall environmental impact.