Category Archives: LCA

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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New GCSE’s to cover Life Cycle Assessment

The new syllabus for GCSE Chemistry, to be taught in schools from 2016 for examination in 2017, will now cover Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). If take-up stays the same, this should mean around 125,000 children in 2017 will have a knowledge of … Continue reading

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UK Government encourages use of Embodied Carbon and costing of Environmental Externalities in Construction Procurement

The Government’s recent Policy Note on Procurement of Steel for major projects highlights that the Public Contract Regulations (PCRs 2015) which came into force in February allow Public Procurement on the basis of environmental and social criteria, in addition to economic criteria. … Continue reading

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EPD Infographic – https://infogr.am/constructionlcas_guide_to_epd

If you’ve ever wondered how many EN 15804 EPD are out there, what products they cover, which EPD programmes have published the most EPD or how quickly the number of EPD are growing, then look no further than my Infographic on … Continue reading

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Reducing Embodied Carbon – how easy can it be?

Paul King has just written a great blog, available from Building (free registration required) talking about his reaction to Embodied Carbon Week, and where we go from here. Paul’s initial scepticism that Embodied Carbon could be of interest for a … Continue reading

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Regulation and Standards for Sustainable Construction

The Construction Products Association have provided a useful Guidance Note on the Construction Products Regulation, (CPR), available to download here.  The CPR builds on the Construction Products Directive, and explicitly contains reference to the assessment of greenhouse gases  and natural resources … Continue reading

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a guide to understanding the embodied impacts of construction products

The Guide which I wrote with Jane Thornback is now available to download, free of charge, from the Construction Products Association website.  I hope you will find it a useful resource.

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Launch of Construction Products Association Publication

I’ve been working on a publication with Jane Thornback, ‘A Guide to the Understanding of the Embodied Impact of Construction Products’, and we will be launching it next week – details below. Date:    Tuesday 13 March 2012 Venue: Building Centre, … Continue reading

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CEN/TC 350 and EN 15804 – what are they and why do I need to know about them?

One of the worst things about life cycle assessment (LCA) is the jargon which those that do LCA everyday understand and reel off without thinking, but which those new to the subject, including many of our customers, find bewildering.  Two … Continue reading

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An overview of BRE Global’s Response to CEN/TC 350, and some questions…

BRE Global has recently published their approach to the new standard developed by CEN/TC 350, EN 15804, which sets overarching Product Category Rules for EPD. The full document was originally circulated to the Construction Products Association Sustainable Construction Committee in … Continue reading

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