Category Archives: Embodied Impacts

Importance of Reducing Embodied Impacts

I’ve just come across this 2014 image from the Construction2030 website, which considers the energy footprint of all the office space globally expected to be built between 2015 and 2030 – 83 billion m², both embodied (from the materials used … Continue reading

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Who should benefit from recycling in construction product EPD?

EN 15804, the construction product EPD standard, attributes the impact of treating waste to the waste producer, according to the polluter pays principle.  After treatment, when waste has been recovered and reaches the “end of waste”, the resulting secondary material … Continue reading

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thinkstep’s proven solutions in the growing market for EN 15804 EPD

The number of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) verified to EN 15804 is growing rapidly. For the past couple of years, I have been monitoring the number of EPD produced within each of the construction EPD programmes around the world, and … Continue reading

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Updated EPD Infographic for 2017

I’ve just updated my infographic showing the number of Construction Product Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) with the latest figures for the start of 2017, and a whole lot more detail.  Thanks to all the Programme Operators who provided information – … Continue reading

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Estimated Global Embodied Carbon of Construction Materials

(reposted with original error corrected) RICS have published an infographic comparing the Embodied Carbon and Production of various construction materials . In my view, an uninformed viewer might assume that the problem materials in relation to Embodied Carbon and Construction are … Continue reading

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Over 30 Industry Commitments have now been made to reduce Embodied Carbon in the Built Environment

Building on my earlier post, I have now found over 30 companies that have made commitments that will reduce embodied carbon in the Built Environment. These companies within the manufacturing, construction and property sector have made public commitments to reduce the … Continue reading

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Construction Industry Commitments to reduce Embodied Carbon

This post has now been updated. In the lead up to COP21 in Paris, a number of companies made high profile commitments to reduce their carbon impact, but companies such as Interface, Wilmott Dixon and Marshalls have been making serious commitments to … Continue reading

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Why the scientific methodology behind BREEAM might not be good for CEEQUAL?

BRE have just announced that they have purchased CEEQUAL and will take over the running of the scheme.  CEEQUAL say “Over the next two years BRE will, with the involvement of the current CEEQUAL and BREEAM delivery teams and communities, … Continue reading

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Measuring Capital and Embodied Carbon for Infrastructure – Draft of PAS 2080 is out for comment

BSI are currently looking for comments on the draft of Publicly Available Specification 2080 which covers the calculation of embodied carbon and operational carbon, or as the PAS calls it, Capital and Operational Carbon for Infrastructure.  According to BSI, the objective for … Continue reading

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The architect’s perspective on embodied carbon

Christian Dimbleby from Architype reflects on the the UKGBC Embodied Carbon Conference last month. http://www.architype.co.uk/blog/ukgbc-embodied-carbon-conference

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