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Sustainable, Resilient Buildings

and Good for the Environment

Buildings both contribute to and are vulnerable to climate change. In the U.S., the heating, cooling, and operation of buildings and homes account for more than 40% of carbon dioxide emissions each year—more emissions than are produced by either transportation or industry. Meanwhile, the damage to property by the increasing number and intensity of hurricanes, tornadoes, and typhoons endangers lives and costs billions.

Any strategy for mitigating the effects of climate change must decrease energy usage and emissions from the building sector, as well as make structures more hazard-resistant. These measures will have substantial environmental, financial, and safety benefits for companies and individuals.

Research at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) supports the development of sustainable and resilient buildings by quantifying their energy use and hazard resistance. The CSHub is developing streamlined methods for quantifying the environmental and economic impacts of different material and construction systems.

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