Built Environment

The Challenge

Globally, buildings are the largest energy-consuming sector in the world, and account for more than one-third of total final energy consumption. As a result, they also are responsible for approximately one-third of global carbon emissions. Because buildings have an average lifespan of 40 years, the choice of materials in the design phase is particularly important as it can influence both the embodied carbon footprint as well as the energy efficiency and operational footprint throughout the building’s life-span. Installing high performance energy-saving materials can have the immediate effect of reducing energy bills while also improving the comfort and well-being of building users.

Moving the construction industry to a lower-carbon path will require an acceleration of the adoption of resource-efficient building options. However, market barriers in the building sector are complex and can be difficult to overcome, which is why the value chain is an important component in inspiring change.

Maximizing Impact Through Sport and Science

In the built environment, our projects bring together leading façade and construction companies, engineers and property developers to positively impact the environment and introduce solutions that will benefit generations to come.

Collaborating to do our part for climate change

When partners in the value chain work together, we can make a difference. Be part of the Dow-IOC carbon partnership to gain competitive differentiation through sports and enhance your sustainability expertise and profile.

Changing the Game


Project Name: PSX anti-corrosion coatings for infrastructure

Impact: Improving durability and cost-efficiency of anti-corrosion coatings while offering the building industry with alternative low-carbon solutions

Project Start: 2018

Crediting Period: Project Lifetime, 5 years

Location: North America

Press release: Dow teams up to contribute carbon savings from anti-corrosion steel coatings to Official Carbon Partnership with IOC

Case study: The strength of steel: redefining anti-corrosion coatings for long-lasting commercial infrastructure

Project video: PPG, Dow Collaborate on Sustainable Future Program to Reduce Carbon Impacts

Winning collaborations:


High Performance Buildings

Project Name: Sustainable Future Award co-initiated with the American Institute of Architects – International Region (AIA-IR)

Impact: Demonstrate the beyond-business-as-usual energy efficiency at the operational level enabled by sustainable design and the state of the art materials

Timeline: 2018-2020

Location: Global

Winning collaborations

Project Name: Carbon Challenge Award co-initiated with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

Impact: Demonstrate the beyond-business-as-usual energy efficiency at the operational level enabled by sustainable design and the state of the art materials

Timeline: 2019-2020

Location: Global

Press release: Dow and USGBC launch Carbon Challenge to encourage reductions in buildings' operational carbon footprint 

Web Site: www.carbon-challenge.com

Winning collaborations

Commercial Buildings

Project Name: Energy Efficiency of Commercial Buildings in temperate to cold climate zones

Impact: Improved decision-making capabilities unlocked by a new energy modeling tool enables architects, designers and building owners to gain the necessary insights for harnessing the opportunities of state-of-the art insulation materials.

Timeline: 2019-2020

Location: North America

Press release: Firestone Building Products contributes carbon savings to Official Carbon Partnership between Dow and the IOC

Case study: What if you could see how your roofing insulation choices impact carbon savings? New energy modeling tool and commercial roofing insulation help to improve decision-making beyond code

Winning collaborations