Some of the largest UK developers including Land Securities, British Land and others co sponsored the UKGBC’s ‘Embodied Carbon Week’ in April 2014.
This was enormously successful and showed the appetite for direction from the property and construction industries. A task group was set up by the developers co Chaired by Simon Sturgis of Sturgis Carbon Profiling and including key practitioners across the industry.
The initial outcome was a White Paper delivered to the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and also to Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC) in June 2014. This White Paper sets out how embodied carbon has matured as a metric and provides a route map for its inclusion as an Allowable Solution. The recommended first stage is to include only carbon emissions assessments for structure, sub structure and envelope and only up to Practical Completion. Then like Part L in will become more comprehensive over time.
The next steps are to provide DCLG with more detail, specifically case studies.
The chief reasons for embodied carbon’s inclusion as an Allowable Solution are: