Circular Economy and Whole Life Carbon

24 Nov 2020

Building services installations represent a significant proportion of the total embodied carbon of a typical building. And they represent a significant proportion of the capital cost of a typical building, accounting for as much as half the lifecycle expenditure over a thirty-year period. Finding ways to reduce resource use in buildings, whether that is embodied materials and carbon in the building or operational energy and carbon, is coming into increasing focus. This is driven by the combined pressures of carbon reduction and concerns about global supplies of precious metals and other resources used in building services systems.

What will I learn?

This session will focus on the growing interest in assessing and managing embodied carbon in buildings. It will describe the current research by CIBSE in collaboration with Elementa Consulting into embodied and whole life carbon of building services products and systems and the methodology being developed to generate more data on building services. The session will also look at the impact of lighting installations on embodied carbon and their potential contribution to the circular economy.



Isabelle Smith, Associate Mechanical Engineer - Atkins
Qian Li, Principal Engineer - Cundall
Louise Hamot, Global Lead of Lifecycle Research - Elementa Consulting
Clara Bagenal George, Associate - Elementa Consulting
Bob Bohannon, President, 2020-21 - Society of Light & Lighting