Advancements in masonry and manufacturing technologies have combined with other materials to create ‘green,’ easy-to-install systems. They also meet evolving codes, such as the National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB) 2017, a transition to achieving net-zero emission targets by 2030.
Aqualina at Bayside, the first phase of the Bayside community on the Toronto waterfront, is the city’s first high-rise residential building to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification under the LEED NC DB+C 2009 rating system.
There is a growing emphasis on biophilia, the principle of incorporating elements of nature into the built environment. Floorcoverings can contribute to biophilic design and help achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and WELL certifications.
The carbon footprint of the design and construction industry reaches far beyond the boundaries of a single building or site. Due to various processes, ranging from the extraction of raw materials to manufacturing and installation of the construction materials, the impact of a single project includes both embodied carbon within the built environment and operational carbon generated throughout the life cycle of the structure. Embodied carbon is defined as the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted during the full life cycle of a product from extraction (cradle) to the use and disposal phases (grave).