Built Environment

How can we build a sustainable future together?

We’re here to talk about what we can do together to move the construction industry to a lower-carbon path. Buildings are the largest energy-consuming sector in the world – accounting for more than one-third of total final energy consumption – and as a result 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 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.

Accelerating the adoption of resource-efficient building options is needed for the construction industry to move towards a lower carbon future. 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.

Webinar: Reimagine the Built Environment

Architects. Engineers. Materials suppliers. Developers. We each have a role to play in lowering the emissions of the high-impact building industry. How can we work together to achieve lasting solutions? Watch our webinar with The Sustainability Report to find out.

Infrastructure

PSX anti-corrosion coating 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

Project Lifetime: 5 years

Location: North America

Winning Collaborations:

High Performance Buildings

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:

Architects

Property Owners



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: 2018-2020

Location: Global

Winning Collaborations:

Property Owners

Commercial Buildings

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

Winning Collaborations:

Collaborating to do our part for climate change

When partners in the value chain work together, we can make a difference. Learn more about Dow low carbon solutions.
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