4. Embodied energy (in building materials)
Definition: The total energy consumed during the production of a building, from mining natural resources to manufacturing including transport, delivery and construction.
Why it’s important: Embodied energy can be the same as a few years of operational energy, and this adds up to contribute to GHG emissions and climate change. You should choose materials and construction processes that cut emissions.
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