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UK industry group wants mandatory whole-life carbon assessments of buildings

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UK industry group wants mandatory whole-life carbon assessments of buildings

Aims to address hidden emissions embedded in supply chains.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | August 31, 2021

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A group of UK architects, developers, and contractors are advocating for mandatory whole-life carbon assessment of buildings.

Their goal is to reduce embedded carbon emissions created by construction supply chains. A proposal by the group called for limits on upfront emissions to be imposed by 2027.

The proposal would pertain to buildings larger than 1,000 square meters. Impacted projects would have to disclose their embodied carbon emissions including all emissions caused by extraction and processing of building materials.

Embodied carbon emissions can account for half of a project’s total emissions. The production of cement alone causes an estimated 8% of global carbon emissions.

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