Just How Much Carbon Are Your Buildings Responsible For?

Date:    Time: 14:00-17:00, followed by drinks   Location:

Over the next decade, new and existing buildings are set to become increasingly more energy efficient, with anticipated improvements to UK Building Regulations and low energy building standards such as Passivhaus and Energiesprong entering the mainstream.

A new digital revolution is also upon us with ‘active buildings’ and advancements in modern methods of construction seen as an answer to solving the UK’s housing supply problem and meeting zero carbon targets.

With reductions in operational carbon (CO2 emitted from a building when in use), the emissions share of embodied carbon (CO2 emitted during the manufacture, transport and construction of building materials, plus end of life emissions) is set to rise significantly.

This afternoon event will explore ‘whole life carbon’ (WLC) approaches to construction and discuss the latest tools, policy developments, methodologies and guidance available to enable accurate WLC assessments, facilitate appropriate design and material decisions and help address carbon emissions across the whole lifecycle of a building.

We’ll also have an update on an important research project which aims to make the case for the preservation and sympathetic retrofit of historic buildings in terms of saving costs and reducing embodied carbon emissions.

Join ASBP and The Green Register to learn about:

  • Updated tools and databases that you can use to reduce the embodied and whole life carbon in your buildings
  • The latest policy developments and guidance
  • Embodied carbon research findings



13:30     Registration

14:00     Welcome from event hosts – Lucy Pedler, Director, Green Register

14:05     Welcome from the event chairJane Anderson, ConstructionLCA and ASBP Board member (download presentation)

  • Environmental Product Declarations – What are they?
  • EPDs on the rise – 6000 available globally

14:15     Whole life carbon guidance: RICS Professional Statement, The New London Plan & RIBA Plan of Work 2019 – Simon Sturgis, Targeting Zero (download presentation)

  • Guidance – RICS and RIBA whole life carbon assessment, UKGBC net zero carbon buildings
  • Policy, standards and regulation – GLA London Plan, Committee on Climate Change report

14:30     Embodied carbon of construction materials: The new Inventory of Carbon & Energy (ICE) Database – Craig Jones, Director, Circular Ecology (download presentation)

  • ICE Database background and context
  • Insights into the new version of the ICE Database – ICE V3.0
  • How can the ICE Database help you reduce carbon on your projects?

14:45    The new-look RICS Building Carbon Database Rosie Rich, Energy Efficiency Consultant, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (download presentation)

15:00    The embodied carbon of historic buildings: Latest research findings from Historic England – Robyn Pender, Senior Architectural Conservator, Historic England (download presentation)

  • Historic England research project – Carbon through the lifecycle of assets
  • Making the case for heritage conservation – Is retrofit cost effective?

15:15     Refreshment break

15:45      ECCOLAB cost, carbon and energy software and low embodied carbon material specifications – James Todd, Associate Director, Architype (download presentation)

16:00    The H\B:ERT Emission Reduction Tool and case studies – Jake Attwood-Harris, Sustainable Design Advisor, Hawkins Brown (download presentation)

  • H\B:ERT – An easy-to-use Revit-based tool that enables design teams to quickly analyse and visualise the embodied carbon emissions of different building components
  • Hawkins\Brown are developing HBERT into a full Whole Life Carbon Design Process with design guides and multiple methodologies
  • The tool has been tested on a range of case studies including City of London Freemen’s School swimming pool

16:30     Discussion – How to bring whole life carbon to the mainstream?

  • ASBP’s Whole Life Carbon working group

17:00     Close followed by drinks and networking until 17:45



  • ASBP and The Green Register members – £65
  • Members of partner organisations* – £80
  • Non-members – £99

*Building Performance Network (BPN), Good Homes Alliance (GHA), Passivhaus Trust, Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance, UKGBC


  • BOOK 3 PLACES FOR THE PRICE OF 2! – Book your places online as normal and we will deduct the cost of the 3rd place once your booking is received. This offer may not be used in conjunction with other offers.


This event is co-hosted with The Green Register.

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