Reducing Embodied Carbon in buildings – how easy is it?


Using delicious, I have provided a list of many of the embodied carbon case studies, many of which identify savings.  I hope this will be a useful resource.

And the news is good.  Many of the projects which have measured and tried to reduce embodied carbon have been very successful, and in many cases, they have found that it brings costs savings alongside.  For example:

  • M&S’s Bradford Distribution Centre achieved a 26% reduction in embodied carbon.
  • One Brighton achieved a 25% reduction in embodied carbon compared to the average UK home.
  • Lend Lease’s Elephant and Castle development shows potential savings in embodied carbon of up to 30%
  • Anglian Water’s Covenham to Boston water transfer scheme* achieved a 12,000 tonne (57 per cent) reduction in capital carbon and
    associated £13 million cost saving by building less and building clever
  • Connect Plus, a joint venture between Skanska, Balfour Beatty, Atkins and Egis Projects, realised a 20-35% reduction in capital carbon and cut the outturn cost by £53 million through building clever and building efficiently during the widening of a 63km length of the M25 motorway.
  • Olympic Park* – structures, bridges and highways – Capital carbon was cut by 25% across the Olympic park infrastructure projects between the initial and construction design stages.

* all taken from HM Treasury’s Infrastructure Carbon Review.

If you have additional case studies you would like me to add, please send them to me.

About constructionlca

Co-author Green Guide to Specification, expert in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), EPDs and sustainability for the construction materials sector Researching Building LCA and how we can increase uptake at the Open University. Tweets as @constructionlca
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