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The Inventory of Carbon and Energy (due to be published Jan 2011)November 2010

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This new guide gives an introduction into why it is necessary to account for the embodied carbon in construction and how the construction industry can incorporate it into a design process in order to make informed choices about the materials used.

Book Preface

Dr Phillip Lee, Member of Parliament for Bracknell and Member of the Select Committee for Energy and Climate Change 2010

"We are all now very familiar with the targets for reducing carbon. We have heard how we must make our buildings more energy efficient and are building to much higher standards than we were five years ago. But that concerns energy use. Another important factor in the climate change argument that we must take into account in buildings is the carbon in materials used in construction.

But how do we achieve this? The first thing to do is to find out how much carbon is actually embedded in these materials.

The report provides a lot of data and points you to lots more. It also demonstrates some of the complexities of making embodied carbon assessments. But just because the matter is complex we cannot ignore it. European legislation on carbon is tightening all the time: we must have a knowledgeable industry in the UK who are on top of the issues and deliver the best solutions to meet whatever targets are required for energy use or for embodied carbon.

This report compiled by the University of Bath and edited by BSRIA is a welcome contribution to the development of this knowledge."