Sustainable construction is emerging as a key consideration in structural design and lifelong maintenance. More, and more accurate, environmental product declarations are increasingly being requested. These will be a key competitive differentiator in the future. Also, the environmental challenge will drive updates of design codes and the implementation of optimized solutions.
Reducing embodied carbon is a golden opportunity in construction
Many industry stakeholders are realizing that controlling and regulating embodied carbon is vital for the industry’s ability to tackle climate change. But what exactly is embodied carbon? Let’s dig a bit deeper.
Embodied carbon can be defined as the amount of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced to get a construction asset into the operational stage. These emissions include extracting raw material, manufacturing, assembly and all transportation along the way. Added to these front-end emissions, maintenance, demolition, disposal and recycling also often fall within the scope of embodied carbon. Consequently, only operational carbon emissions are normally not part of the scope.