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For MFRs: to accelerate high performance, low embodied carbon construction

By: Sustainable Minds • Feb 16, 2023

Instantly source building materials with the lowest embodied carbon impact, in every MasterFormat® section, to build your internal specification and Basis of Design digital libraries

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Brookline, MA, February 13, 2023 – Sustainable Minds today announced the availability of Transparency Catalog v4.5, continuing the company’s commitment to deliver easy to use and powerful tools. This release radically simplifies how architecture, engineering, construction professionals and owners (AECOs) can now select, specify and procure building & construction products for high performance, low embodied carbon buildings.

The urgency to transform the built environment is driving the need for more and better data, new workflows and tools. AECOs today face significant challenges.

  • It’s difficult to make informed, comparative decisions using environmental product declarations (EPDs) and material ingredient disclosures. Increasing priority on low carbon materials for public and private procurement makes decision-making more complex.
  • There is no standardized way to research, select and share product options across teams during design, specification and preconstruction stages.
  • Internal digital libraries are getting built, but the content is static and maintenance is time-intensive.

“Our commitment to AECOs is to provide free access to the most comprehensive, curated and continually updated source of building & construction products for high performance, low embodied carbon buildings. Since 2016 we’ve been playing the long game building the only product data platform to aggregate all EPDs for products in North America. Now it’s critical to make the information easy to use, not just easy to find. Organizations including Gensler, Perkins&Will, CannonDesign, Stantec, Gilbane, Turner Construction, PCL Construction and so many more of all sizes are using the Transparency Catalog every day to save time, share and reuse knowledge, achieve climate & material goals, reduce costs and win business.”
– Terry Swack, Sustainable Minds founder & CEO

“EC3 has been integrated with the Transparency Catalog since our initial launch in late 2019. Sustainable Minds uses our quintiles (best 20%, 40%...) to simplify and visually display the data to identify a product’s embodied carbon relative to others in its category. We are very excited about how the new ‘filter by quintile’ capability enables the building sector to easily make data driven low carbon material choices, aligning with our mission of free and open access tools and data.”
– Stacy Smedley, Executive Director, Building Transparency

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