Globally, buildings and construction account for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst having significant impact on our natural habitats. Carbon emissions, commonly referred to as embodied carbon, are released not only during operational life but also during the manufacturing, transportation, construction and end of life phases of all built assets – buildings and infrastructure. According to the World Green Building Council, embodied carbon in buildings contributes around 11% of all global carbon emissions.
For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour.
At James Hardie, together with our customers, we work to deliver products that are resource efficient and low impact across all phases of the product life cycle.
To ensure we give complete transparency of our carbon footprint, we have launched a new, extended Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). Provision of such information via EPD offers one of the highest forms of environment declaration which is internationally recognised and verified according to ISO 14025 and EN 15804 standards. James Hardie has updated and extended its 2020 EPD to include its full product range. This assists our customers contribute to environmental rating and procurement schemes such as Green Star, LEED and Living Building Challenge.