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Bsria launches embodied carbon guide

13 January 2011

Bsria has launched a new guide on accounting for embodied carbon in construction.

The guide, produced in conjunction with the University of Bath, supports the idea that whole life carbon appraisals should be built into feasibility studies. It also suggests that the industry should agree with the government on a standard method of measuring embodied carbon - or the carbon found in materials used in construction.

Embodied Carbon; The Inventory of Carbon and Energy includes case studies which demonstrate how embodied costs can be calculated and enable informed choices about building materials.

Dr Phillip Lee, Member of the Select Committee for Energy and Climate Change, 2010 said:

"We are all very familiar with the targets for reducing carbon. Another important factor in the climate change argument that we must take into account is the carbon in materials used in construction.

This report is a welcome contribution to the development of this knowledge."

Visit the Bsria bookshop to buy a copy.