In acknowledgement of the significant contribution Interior Design and Architecture can play in addressing the global climate crisis, Wirt Design Group has pledged to join the effort in eliminating embodied carbon from every project we design by 2030.
Embodied carbon is the total amount of carbon dioxide emissions that a material, system, or assembly represents over its life cycle. It is an aggregate of all emissions released during the making, transporting, and installing concrete, glass, steel, and wood, as well as the dozens of other materials in surfaces such as ceilings, floors, walls, and upholstery.
It is estimated that embodied carbon is responsible for 11% of all global greenhouse gas emissions annually. The building sector alone accounts for more than a quarter of these emissions. The challenge is compounded by interior renovations and new tenant fit-outs. Old interior building materials frequently get discarded rather than reused, and with leases turning over every five to ten years, the emissions impact increases over time.
Climate change is an immediate challenge and will become irreversible if we do not change how we design, specify and build. Wirt Design Group accepts this challenge and together with our clients, have an opportunity and an obligation to design for a better world.