“Our formal support of the SE2050 Commitment allows us to share our research and knowledge on embodied carbon as well as combine our efforts with like-minded groups to reduce the impact of the built environment pollution on our planet. While architects have been committed to the AIA 2030 Challenge focusing on operational energy for years, the focus now turns to the structural community.”
–Ethan Martin, DCI Associate & Sustainability Committee Member
In celebration of Earth Day, DCI is proud to officially announce our commitment to the SE 2050 Challenge. By signing on to the SE 2050 Commitment Program, DCI is taking direct action in understanding, reducing and ultimately achieving Net Zero status in our projects by 2050.
With 11% of global carbon emissions coming from building materials & construction, our engineers have an unprecedented opportunity to change that number by way of the structure, providing one that will outlive the many cycles of tenant improvements and building system upgrades for years to come.
While 2050 might seem far away, there’s much we can do right now as we continue to work with industry partners to create new standards and find methods to achieve this goal.
What We Can Do:
- Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Embodied Carbon Analysis
- Specifications and supplier coordination for lower-carbon materials
- Structural optimization for material quantity reductions
- Material re-use
- Green Building rating system assistance
- Incorporation of more sustainable materials, such as responsibly sourced wood, where appropriate
We all have a role in protecting our greatest investment—our future—and invite our project and industry partners to learn more about the SE 2050 Challenge and how DCI is leveraging smart, sustainable design.