AGC previews project GHG emissions assessment, tracking, reduction tool

Source: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.

Playbook on Decarbonization and Carbon Reporting in the Construction Industry, set for posting by May 1 at, is among Associated General Contractors of America efforts to make sure construction firms play a leading role in crafting carbon-reduction measures throughout project delivery. A four-step process guides contractors and partners to confirm and document who should be accountable for various carbon emissions associated with a job.

“This new tool will help firms understand the basics of tracking carbon emissions,” says AGC CEO Jeff Shoaf. “This is the first document of its kind written by contractors, for contractors, to help them assess the impacts of the projects they are hired to build. Our goal is to make sure members have clear, actionable and replicable resources to understand their responsibilities, measure the impacts of their projects and operate as efficiently as possible.”

The playbook includes resources to help calculate the carbon footprint of projects, factoring emissions of such key materials as concrete, steel, asphalt and flat glass. It also lays out ways to track and report construction process emissions, primarily from material transportation and equipment operation. Authors also offer a host of industry-identified strategies and tips for reducing carbon emissions from their projects, from proposing alternative, less carbon-intensive materials to ways to operate more efficient jobsites. Along with the playbook and related tools for members navigating the carbon era, AGC continues share proposals with policy makers about the best ways to reduce carbon emissions from the built environment.