Whole Life Carbon Assessments
______ Whole Life Carbon Assessments account for the total carbon footprint of entire building, from cradle to grave or cradle to cradle.
Although we have been measuring operational emissions from buildings for some time (i.e. the impact of occupying and operating a building), Whole Life Carbon assessment gives us much better understanding of the impact of those emissions already ‘built in’. These embodied emissions can contribute 40-70% of total emissions in a new building.
Whole Life Carbon emissions include those operational emissions from regulated and unregulated energy use, and embodied carbon. Embodied carbon covers the carbon emissions from raw material extract, manufacture of products, transport of materials, construction, maintenance, repair replacement, demolition and disposal.
The objective of a Whole Life Carbon Assessment is the mitigation of carbon impact throughout a project’s lifecycle. Whole Life Carbon reporting should allow future comparison of results and allow benchmarking and target setting.
We work with clients and design team members to help identify which industry benchmarks best serve your development. Our assessments are undertaken at design stage to help shape specifications and maximise the impact on your project.