Zero carbon – a step too far?

Does the UK’s low-carbon energy future make the push for zero carbon buildings a step too far? Are we in danger of emitting more carbon overall by making buildings more complex to reduce future energy use?

A few years ago (2007 to be exact), I took part in a piece of research into the embodied carbon of buildings constructed to the then-current building regulations. The surprising upshot was that the embodied carbon was equal to about 25 years of operational carbon emissions from the “ambient” building – heated / cooled to working temperatures, and lit appropriate to the internal activities, i.e. maintaining the internal conditions the structure was designed to achieve.

So, for a new building …

This article was written for the Kingspan “FutureBuild” website. You can read the full article here:


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