Update from GSA on Embodied Carbon
Friday, November 4, 2022 (12:00 p.m. ET)
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is developing whole-building and product-specific standards to help lighten the environmental footprint of the construction and modernization materials used at its projects across the nation. The agency seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the design, construction, and operation of its public building portfolio.
GSA wants to learn more about opportunities to reduce the embodied carbon of building products such as insulation. To that end, GSA released its Federal Buy Clean Request for Information on “Construction Materials with Substantially Lower Embodied Carbon” in early October, with responses from material manufacturers accepted through Thursday, November 3, 2022. How might the federal government’s new buy clean initiatives impact insulation products? Walter Tersch and Don Horn will discuss these actions and issues, as well as GSA’s appropriations under the Inflation Reduction Act.
Walter Tersch, Sustainability Program Manager, Office of Design and Construction, GSA
Don Horn, Deputy Director, Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings, GSA