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“Buy Clean” Task Force to Incentivize Lower Carbon Emissions in Manufacturing

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

The Biden administration this week announced its Buy Clean Task Force as part of several initiatives intended to decarbonize manufacturing while boosting the U.S. economy.

On Feb. 15, the administration launched the task force comprised of representatives from the U.S. Depts. of Defense, Energy and Transportation, the U.S. General Services Administration and the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Identifying materials to prioritize for consideration in federally funded construction projects is a major thrust of the new task force. The group will study impacts across the materials’ lifecycles, including manufacturing. Launching pilot programs to boost federal procurement of cleaner construction materials is also within the new entity’s purview.

The task force will also seek to increase transparency of emissions produced by the manufacturing of building materials through supplier reporting through incentives and technical assistance for U.S. manufacturers to help them improve reporting and reduce embodied emissions.

The federal government is the world’s largest buyer of goods and services, with an annual purchasing power of more than $650 billion. Lindsay Baker, CEO of the International Living Future Institute, says the U.S. government can move markets and convince manufacturers to engage.

“As more buildings pursue net zero, the share of carbon pollution coming from materials choices will continue to grow,” said Baker. “Buy Clean approaches are critical, both to daylight the big differences in carbon intensity among and across materials and to drive purchasing power at low-carbon options.”

Steel Manufacturers Association VP of Environment and Sustainability Eric Stuart says the U.S. steel sector – which produces the lowest CO2 emissions per ton of steel of the world’s top seven steel producing countries – stands to benefit from a government-structured buying program that recognizes the value of greener products.

“Investments in electric arc furnace steelmaking in the U.S. have resulted in a process that emits only one-third of the greenhouse gas emissions of more traditional processes,” he said. “We’re excited to see the government coming around to recognizing that value and making decisions that will help use U.S. tax dollars to purchase domestically produced materials.”

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Net Zero, LLC Breaks Ground on Saint Louis Park Place Residential Community in NorthSide Regeneration Development

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Three Display Models for Energy-Efficient, Single-Family Homes Under Construction

Net Zero, LLC broke ground in January on three display homes for its much-anticipated Saint Louis Park Place residential community within the NorthSide Regeneration development in North St. Louis City. Net Zero purchased lots from NorthSide Regeneration to build 250 energy-efficient, single-family homes adjacent to the site of the future multibillion-dollar National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Western Headquarters.

The display homes, under construction at the intersection of Montgomery and 20th streets, are expected to be completed in April, according to Net Zero owner Dwight Arant and his builder Jon Bish, with construction of sold homes set to begin this spring.  Arant, a former Marine and retired businessman who was born and spent his early childhood in North St. Louis City, said he is looking forward to bringing more residents back to the community that his family once called home.

“We are excited to be working with NorthSide Regeneration to bring this residential community project to North St. Louis City,” said Arant. “Saint Louis Park Place will provide much-needed housing for the existing community and future employees of NGA and St. Louis as a whole. While setting the standard for energy efficiency in new homes, the homes are designed to align with the historical characteristics of  the area.”

The new homes are designed by St. Louis-based architect Klitzing Welsch Associates. Prices for the homes will be set after the display homes are completed, and are expected to range in size from 1,200 to more than 3,000 sq. ft.  One, two- and three-story models will be available with a range of options.  All the homes will have the potential to be “Net Zero”, which means the homes will produce enough renewable energy (from solar PV) to power themselves. This means that utility bills to heat, cool and power the homes will be very low, or eliminated.

A website is under construction and will provide more information about Net Zero, LLC and Saint Louis Park Place. Visit www.netzerollc.com to obtain more information, which will be available as the website development team works to complete the website.

Link to additional project photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/j7vL16Wu9SbHGhGE7

(Photo credit Justin Terry)

NorthSide Regeneration (NSR) is a mixed-use community development – a self-sustaining neighborhood of people, cultures, economic opportunity, safety and education with the infrastructure and growth to support key, necessary services for the community. The original development encompasses over 1,500 acres and borders downtown St. Louis. Jobs have always been the primary motivator for NSR with a goal of more than 43,000 construction jobs and 22,000 permanent jobs generated by the development’s activity.Facebooktwitterlinkedinmail