Transform buildings into carbon sinks by designing and constructing them with materials that sequester and store carbon.
The mining, manufacture, transport, installation, and maintenance of materials used in building construction generate significant amounts of greenhouse gases, called upfront or embodied carbon. This situation is changing. Traditional bio-based building materials such as wood, bamboo, straw, and hemp are being reformulated to be carbon negative. New architectural designs aim to be net zero. Innovations in carbon-storing products, including engineered living materials such as biocements, bioplastics, and mycelium-based composites and insulation, are emerging. Combining carbon-storing construction materials with cutting-edge technologies and design techniques can transform buildings from sources of emissions into global carbon sinks. Through research, investment, and collaboration across construction industries, we can move quickly to decarbonize the built environment while creating inspiring structures that promote health and well-being.