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Canadian Construction Sector Looks to Build Material Labeling System

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Canadian Construction Sector Looks to Build Material Labeling System

A quick glance at any product at a grocery store will give consumers all the basic information they need — nutrition values, ingredients, etc.

The Canadian construction sector is trying to implement a similar labeling system that will give both builders and consumers a better idea of whether they are buying materials that are eco-friendly, the Daily Commercial News and Construction Record reports. The labels would list the components of a product and how much embodied carbon that represents, as well as a "global warming number" that rates its total carbon footprint.

According to Francesca Demarais, director of the 2030 Challenge for Products, the goal is to "transform the [North American] and global building sectors from being the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, to a central part of the solution to the climate change, energy consumption and economic crises."

Certain members of the building industry are already implementing similar solutions. For example, Interface notes the sustainability of its various carpet products on labels as a means to inform buyers.