27 Jun '14, 9am

Embodying change | UK Green Building Council @UKGBC

Embodying change | UK Green Building Council @UKGBC

Those of us working in the property industry have a responsibility to mitigate the disruption we cause to the environment, and embodied carbon is a neglected issue that we as an industry really need to start focussing on. Embodied carbon in a building context refers to emissions resulting from the manufacture, transport and assembly of materials. It is distinguished from operational carbon, which encompasses all emissions resulting from the use of a building such as heating, cooling and lighting. Whilst operational emissions have been prioritised by developers and campaigners alike in the past, proper measurement and reduction of whole life carbon is the only way to ensure that the property industry makes a meaningful contribution to global efforts to protect our environment. There are two key reasons why developers should prioritise embodied carbon. Firstly, the levels of...

Full article: http://www.ukgbc.org/opinion/embodying-change

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