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On Oct. 4, the General Services Administration released a Request for Information regarding the Biden administration’s “Buy Clean” initiative. The initiative calls for federal agencies to prioritize the use of American-made, lower-carbon construction materials in federal procurement as well as federally assisted projects.

The initiative identifies four materials identified as the most carbon-intensive, which agencies will prioritize low-carbon selections for:

  • Concrete
  • Steel
  • Glass
  • Asphalt

The RFI seeks to gather information on the current availability of construction materials and products with lower levels of embodied carbon, the ability of manufacturers to provide environmental product declarations and the impacts of the initiative on the industry.

Responses to the RFI are due by Nov. 3 and can be submitted via GSA’s online form.