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NORR is committed to supporting the transformation of the built environment from a major contributor of greenhouse gases to a key factor in combatting the climate emergency. We embrace the climate change mitigation strategy put forth in the Paris Climate Accord and accept the urgent challenge to make carbon neutral buildings a standard, rather than the exception. 

A Carbon Conscious Future

We understand that we must advance the development of sustainable, resilient, equitable, and zero-carbon buildings, communities and cities. To that end, we are taking steps to adopt specific commitments in the architecture and engineering communities where we practice to be part of the solution.

NORR has committed to SE 2050, a program launched by the Structural Engineering Institute to target net zero embodied carbon by 2050. The structural components of a building accounts for almost 50% of the total building’s embodied carbon, even as the cost of the structure may only be about 20% of the same project. Our team is working collaboratively to transform structural engineering in a way that is holistic, practice-wide, project-based and data-driven to achieve this commitment.

Advocacy and Knowledge

Impact comes through knowledge and NORR is committed to increasing carbon literacy in the industry, with our teams, clients and partners. By promoting and advocating for carbon-literate teams, we are increasing awareness of the carbon dioxide costs in buildings, as well as in everyday activities, providing knowledge and motivation to reduce emissions on an individual, community and organizational basis. 

We will help our clients achieve their sustainable goals by offering a carbon emission analysis at the start of a project to create awareness of the embodied and operational carbon use and give them guidance on steps to carbon-neutrality.

To help increase awareness of this important initiative, we continue to develop thought leadership pieces that provide knowledge and context for building owners, investors and managers to consider. We invite you to read some of our Insights below.

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