Last week, Webcor Builders and Climate Earth announced a partnership to create the first database of greenhouse-gas emissions from the construction supply chain. The idea is to measure and catalog carbon footprints created when producing building materials, from glass and drywall to steel and concrete. Webcor says the goal is to establish a consistent means for the construction industry to measure the carbon equivalent of its products. Climate Earth will quantify greenhouse gases that are generated, including during mining, manufacturing and transporting. Data from Webcor’s construction projects and Climate Earth’s Enterprise Carbon Accounting system will quantify the emissions in units
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.