Material Life Cycle Carbon Assessments
In order to meet carbon emission targets the UK construction industry has recognised the importance on focussing not only on the energy and carbon emissions produced during the operation of the building but also the emissions locked up in the construction materials themselves – otherwise known as a building’s ‘embodied carbon’.
THE MATERIAL LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT (LCA) IS OFTEN CRITICAL FOR BREEAM ASSESSMENTS TO SUCCEED
The increased focus on embodied carbon has been reflected in the availability of BREEAM credits related to this aspect. So much so that targeting the material Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) credits is often now critical for BREEAM Assessments to secure the required ratings.
Local councils are now also requesting that design team’s consider embodied carbon as part of the design process. As material choices can be influenced to a greater extent early on in a building’s design it is now being requested as part of the Planning Submission in some cases – for example the Greater London Authorities (GLA) Whole Life Carbon reporting.
WHY USE SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES?
SCS are able to complete LCAs for all BREEAM schemes – as well as undertaking the GLA Whole Life carbon reporting requirements. SCS use ‘One Click LCA’ software to complete these assessments.
When taking a ‘cost per BREEAM credit’ perspective – material LCAs can offer a real cost effective solution to achieving its targeted rating. However completing these LCAs can be a complicated process – they involve a contribution from multiple design team members and there are strict cut offs in terms of when the work needs to be completed within the design process.
SCS are able to navigate this process for clients with minimum fuss – by coordinating with the relevant design team members and ensuring that the work is completed within the right design timeframes. As SCS have both LCA practitioners and BREEAM Assessors as part of the team we are uniquely placed to provide a service that combines both sets of skills.