What’s the Deal with Embodied Energy?
February 4, 2014
Those of you in the green building industry know that there’s more to our environmental impact than just the operational efficiency of our buildings – the materials we use matter too.
So what is embodied energy and why does it matter?
At its core, calculating “embodied energy” is a method of accounting for the life-cycle impact of a building material. This life-cycle impact includes everything from the energy inputs of the raw material to transport to manufacturing and assembly. Embodied energy is the most holistic measure of a building material’s environmental impact before it ever reaches the building site.
This chart compares the embodied energy of GlasCurtain against a typical aluminum curtain wall framing system.
Pretty impressive, no?
It’s no wonder that only GlasCurtain fiberglass composite framing contributes to more LEED v4 points.