Specification for low embodied carbon

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Course Curriculum

Understanding embodied carbon
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  • 03:57
  • What is embodied carbon?
    02:53
  • What can we do?
    06:03
  • Embodied carbon by building element
    02:35
  • Material choices for low embodied carbon
    03:22
  • The pace of change
    02:28

Low carbon approaches to construction

Understanding building lifespans

Case studies

By the end of this module you will be able to understand:

  • The climate crisis and the role that embodied carbon plays in contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
  • What embodied carbon is and how it differs from operational carbon.
  • Strategies and practices for reducing embodied carbon in construction and design.
  • And analyse the embodied carbon of different building elements, such as concrete, timber, steel, and masonry.
  • Evaluate material choices and specify low embodied carbon materials for construction.
  • The pace of change in the construction industry and the challenges of transitioning to low carbon approaches.
  • Early design decisions to minimise embodied carbon and implement low carbon approaches to construction.
  • How to use the low embodied carbon specification toolkit to specify materials and evaluate the embodied carbon impacts of different products.
  • The sustainability of supply chains and the environmental impact of different products and materials.
  • How to apply tools for specifying low embodied carbon materials, including environmental product declarations (EPDs) and life cycle assessment (LCA).
  • The long-life and loose-fit approach to building design and maintenance.
  • How procurement can facilitate reuse and disassembly of buildings and materials to reduce embodied carbon.

About this module

This course focuses on the issue of embodied carbon in construction and how to reduce it. It covers various topics such as low-carbon approaches to construction, sustainable supply chains, and building lifespans. The course also provides case studies of buildings that have successfully implemented low-carbon design and construction methods. Participants will gain knowledge on how to make informed decisions about material choices and design approaches to reduce embodied carbon in their projects.
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This module equates to 2.58 hours of CPD
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