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Inflation Reduction Act programs supporting low-embodied carbon construction materials

This week the Federal Highway Administration made available $1.2 billion to states for activities and programs to advance the use of low-embodied carbon construction materials. The announcement is here.
More information on the program is here.As noted in the release, FHWA is using a hybrid approach:First, FHWA is making $1.2 billion available to states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico through a Request for Applications (RFA) to fund activities and projects that reduce pollution, including carbon emissions, through the use of low-embodied carbon materials and products.
This approach will allow FHWA to quickly provide reimbursement or incentive funds to states to begin eligible activities and incorporate low-embodied carbon materials on construction projects now. Second, later this year FHWA will also make available $800 million to target non-state applicants, including cities, Tribes, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and other agencies through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). This funding opportunity will encourage applicants to partner with states where appropriate and will include offers of technical assistance for applicants.ACEC recently hosted an on-line course on the transportation components of the low-carbon construction materials funding in the IRA. That course explains the roles that firms can play in State DOTs accessing and utilizing these funds.

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