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Embodied Carbon (NZG 4/2023)

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This guide is published by the Net Zero Building Centre, a joint venture between BSRIA and London South Bank University. It focuses on what building professionals need to understand about embodied emissions as part of creating a net zero built environment.

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A net zero carbon building is one with net zero whole life emissions. This includes both operational and embodied emissions. Operational emissions should be near zero. Embodied emissions from the product and construction phases should be measured, minimised, and offset at practical completion. This guide focuses on what building professionals need to understand about embodied emissions as part of creating a net zero built environment.

Embodied carbon is a rapidly evolving issue and there is a growing number of resources available to demystify the topic. This guide distils and signposts to these resources, with a particular focus on building services. It focuses on what is possible with today’s technology, and which decisions have the greatest impact. It is aimed at built environment professionals, including designers, building owners and manufacturers of building products. It is the fourth in a series of guides published by the Net Zero Building Centre, following on from:

NZG 1/2022 Net Zero Carbon Buildings

NZG 2/2023 Indoor Environmental Quality and Net Zero

NZG 3/2023 The Global Context for Net Zero

The Net Zero Building Centre is a joint venture between BSRIA and LSBU with the aim of accelerating decarbonisation in the built environment. It is an innovation hub and centre of excellence that builds on the shared strengths of BSRIA and LSBU in the field of low carbon buildings.

BSRIA Net Zero Training Course

Knowledge to deliver a Net Zero built environment

Product details

  • Published: December 2023
  • Publisher: Net Zero Building Centre
  • Authors: Aaron Gillich & Sorcha Redmond
  • ISBN: 978-0-86022-805-9