Embodied Carbon Primer
The Embodied Carbon Primer offers supplementary guidance to the Climate Emergency Design Guide, for those interested in exploring embodied carbon in more detail. There is a current lack of knowledge in the built environment industry surrounding embodied carbon reduction strategies and calculations. Therefore, the London Energy Transformation Initiative has produced this document to support project teams to design buildings that deliver ambitious embodied carbon reductions.
This document is intended to provide designers including architects, engineers, interior designers and urban designers with easy-to-follow best practice and toolkits for reducing embodied carbon in buildings. The document can also aid planners to be aware of strategies available to designers to reduce embodied carbon in building design, and how planning recommendations on materials, massing and treatment of sites may affect embodied carbon.
For everyone working in the construction of buildings, the leap of knowledge and skill required to be able to fulfil this goal is still relatively large, but far from insurmountable.
Embodied Carbon Primer (.pdf)
To be read in conjunction with:
→ Climate Emergency Design Guide
This document represent LETI’s understanding of how we need to be designing to meet our climate change targets in 2020. This guide will evolve over time reflecting change in carbon budgets, technologies and capability of industry. LETI is collaborative by nature and is very interested in your feedback:
‘2020 is the year of climate action. We urgently need clear and practical guides on how to deliver net zero carbon future now. The new LETI guides fulfil this aim and are a timely addition to the growing suite of guides. This is a must read for construction professionals’
Gary Clark Chair of RIBA Sustainable Futures Group, Principal HOK London Studio
'Hawkins\Brown are happy to have collaborated with LETI on the production of the Emergency Climate Design Guide. Ensuring the construction industry, as a collective, recognise and minimise their impact on the environment must be one of the key design drivers for the coming years. This will take a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach, which is why we have backed this important initiative with our time and support.'
Roger Hawkins Founding Partner Hawkins\Brown
'It’s like the buses: you wait for a conduit to help the industry turn climate rhetoric into action, and two come along at once. LETI’s Climate Emergency Design Guide and Embodied Carbon Primer are easy to use, well put together, effective tools that that remove any remaining excuses for not to getting on with it.'
Sunand Prasad Principal at Penoyre & Prasad
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This document represent LETI’s understanding of how we need to be designing to meet our climate change targets in 2020. This guide will evolve over time reflecting change in carbon budgets, technologies and capability of industry. LETI is collaborative by nature and is very interested in your feedback.
Below is a general feedback form on the Embodied Carbon Primer:
→ Embodied Carbon Primer - general feedback survey
In addition, the below survey has specific and more detailed questions on embodied carbon targets:
→ Embodied Carbon targets - feedback survey