Whole life carbon measurement: implementation in the built environment

Professional Statement

This professional statement from RICS aims to harmonise whole-life carbon assessment by providing practical guidance on the interpretation and implementation of the methodology in EN 15978.

The document provides a more detailed interpretation of each section and module of EN 15978 alongside practical guidance for conducting whole-life carbon assessments for construction projects, based on the review of relevant work to date and the experience of practitioners working in the field: client bodies, consultants and contractors.

The project was lead by Simon Sturgis, Sturgis Carbon Profiling with support from ASBP board member and EPD expert Jane Anderson, amongst others.

You can download the document as a .pdf file here, and can respond by commenting here until 31st May 2017.

Simon Sturgis has authored a great book Targeting Zero which explains whole life carbon assessment, illustrated with 13 case studies. It covers what to do through all the RIBA stages, the practical application of carbon reduction, reuse and recycling, circular economics, life cycle analysis, and carbon and cost. It has 13 carbon assessment case studies including structure, cladding, retrofit, recyclability, airports, large urban estates, and coffee.

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