Our expert assessors provide Embodied Carbon and Whole Life Carbon Assessments to help you identify, measure, and reduce carbon emissions in your building construction projects.
What is Embodied Carbon?
Embodied carbon refers to the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with producing, transporting, and constructing building materials. This includes emissions from the extraction of raw materials and the fuel used to produce them, transportation between sites, and production processes.
By understanding the embodied carbon associated with a building project, designers, builders, and facility managers can look for solutions that reduce both operational and embodied emissions. This ensures buildings are designed sustainably from both a construction and operational perspective.
Approaches you can use to reduce embodied carbon include the use of low-carbon materials, improved manufacturing processes, and smarter transportation logistics.
The benefits of a WLC assessment include:
- Increased visibility into the total carbon impact of your project.
- Reduced life cycle costs due to more efficient material selection strategies.
- Compliance with BREEAM regulations and Climate Change Agreements.
- Improved public perception and enhanced reputation for your business.
- Insights into how your construction activities contribute to embodied carbon emissions.
- Increased opportunities for leading-edge technology implementations.
Scope 1, 2, and 3 Emissions
Carbon emissions from a building are considered and measured using three scopes:
Scope 1 (Direct Energy)
Actions carried out by your organisation or under its ownership or control that release pollutants directly into the atmosphere. These emissions are direct ones. Scope 1 emissions include those produced by combustion in privately owned or operated boilers, furnaces, or vehicles.
Scope 2 (Indirect Energy)
Emissions into the atmosphere as a result of your use of energy, heat, steam, and cooling that you have purchased. These emissions come from your organisation's operations but are produced from sources that you do not own or control.
Scope 3 (Other indirect)
Emissions are those produced as a result of your actions but do not fall under Scope 2 emissions since they come from sources that you do not own or control. Instances of Scope 3 emissions are caused by business travel.
Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is essential to a Whole Life Carbon evaluation.
An LCA helps you understand the long-term effects of design choices throughout the design phase. This encourages longevity, resource efficiency, recycling, and future adaptability, all of which help lower carbon emissions over the course of a building’s lifetime.