This Earth Day, DCI is proud to look back on the strides we’ve taken to continue supporting our commitment to sustainability and bolster our dedication to the SE 2050 Commitment over the past year.
These milestone efforts have included:
- Completion of our Embodied Carbon Action Plan (ECAP), VIEW HERE.
- Formation of our Sustainability Division.
- Submission of Project Data to the SE 2050 Database.
- Supporting efforts of the Carbon Leadership Forum through sponsorship.
WHAT’S TO COME
While we appreciate everything that we’ve checked off the list thus far, we’re even more excited about what’s coming down the pipe.
Big picture-wise, this includes integrating cost-effective sustainability efforts into DCI’s engineering approach. In other words, we are teaching our engineers to automatically implement cost-savings and cost-neutral embodied carbon reduction strategies in every single DCI design. They’ll also be able to communicate additional cost opportunities that can capitalize on our clients’ investments in sustainability.
In addition, DCI will be updating our ECAP to reflect the efforts we’ve pursued over the past year to implement embodied carbon reduction strategies into our projects, educate and empower our staff, share the urgency of embodied carbon with our peers and outline a plan to establish a company-wide embodied carbon baseline that reflects the range of our work.
Some of these sustainability efforts we’re putting out into the world include the design and construction of two Living Building Pilot Program structures, which will serve as examples for minimizing embodied carbon! Not to mention, we’ve got plenty of exciting mass timber projects on the books, as well.
Sustainable development of the built environment is the foremost challenge for our industry, and we have a critical role in reducing the carbon footprint associated with the structure we design, model and monitor through construction. Being on the forefront of embodied carbon reduction in this sector provides DCI an undeniable opportunity to impact meaningful change in the building industry; and we look forward to continuing sharing our progress, knowledge and encouragement with our peers in an effort to improve the future of buildings and their occupants for years to come.