Composites Sustainability – ACMA Insider – May 4, 2023

Ashley Howe Insider

Composites Should Get Share of $4.15 Billion for Low-Carbon Building Materials

ACMA argued in comments submitted to EPA May 1 that funding for use of “low carbon” construction materials for buildings and transportation infrastructure should be awarded based on comparison of full lifecycle climate impacts. 

These comparisons, for products like rebar and cladding, will typically show that composites have reduced emission of climate warming gases compared to traditional materials. The Inflation Reduction Act passed by Congress in August 2022 appropriated $2.15 billion for constructing and renovating federal buildings, and $2 billion to reimburse transportation infrastructure owners and builders, for using materials with reduced climate impacts. The legislation gave EPA responsibility for identifying the products and materials that would qualify for the funding awards.

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