We value the people, resources and journeys that are affected by how materials are made.


Embodied Carbon

This term refers to the carbon emissions associated with the extraction, processing, transportation, maintenance, demolition, and disassembly of building materials. In addition to calculating the embodied carbon of materials we specify, CO Adaptive will pledge - as of July 2020 -  1% of our fee on every new project awarded to One Tree Planted - a non-profit organization that plants one tree in one of 18 countries for every dollar donated - in an effort to further offset carbon.
Foam Free Insulation

Insulating a building is important to improving the building's operational performance and the comfort of its inhabitants. However, foam-based insulation has a high embodied energy due to the fact that it contains petrochemicals. Insulations made from natural and recycled materials such as wool, mineral wool, cellulose or cork improve building performance but are low-carbon and less toxic for the environment.
Closed Loop Material Cycle

Construction materials that can be "recovered from buildings and infinitely recycled through natural or industrial processes" strives to eliminate construction waste, move away from the linear system that moves virgin materials through to landfills, and towards a circular model of production.  Similar to Cradle to Cradle, this requires a rethinking of the flows of material extraction, processing, and production.
Mass Timber

This includes engineered wood products, which are laminated and compressed from multiple layers to create solid wood panels, beams and columns. They represent a low-carbon, renewable alternative to steel and concrete used for building structure and include cross-laminated timber (CLT) - a layered, dimensioned lumber stacked perpendicularly and glued together to create panels that can be used as walls, floors, and roofs; or glue-laminated timber - edge stacked dimensional lumber bonded together with adhesives for use in floors, beams, columns and arches. As with all wood products, it is important that these are not sourced from old growth forests, but from sustainably and responsibly managed forestry.
Low Carbon Materials

As crucial as it is for buildings to increase their energy efficiency and decrease their reliance on fossil fuels, the manufacturing of building materials make up 11% of total global greenhouse gas emissions, and as such specification of low carbon, carbon sequestering and materials of recycled content has a large impact on meeting global climate emission goals. Additionally, minimizing the distance that materials travel to the building site significantly affects their carbon footprint.

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