Embodied Carbon

Embodied carbon accounts for an increasing proportion of whole-life CO2 emissions of buildings. Its influence is rising with each revision on the energy efficiency requirements for new projects. Although benchmarks for carbon emissions related to the operation of buildings are widely known, typical ranges of embodied carbon remain uncertain. Common and best-practice standards are being established through different research projects and exemplary case studies. As a result, opportunities for reduction are being revealed, with improved results if addressed during the design stage of buildings.

Special attention is being given to efficient shapes, recycled materials and natural low processed products, which are driving the design of the next generation of buildings, and define a new trend in building design, the Architecture of embodied carbon.