CIBSE launches embodied carbon toolkit
The Chartered Institute of Building Services (CIBSE) has published the building services industry’s first toolkit, named TM65, to enable engineers to calculate the embodied carbon associated with mechanical, electrical and public health systems in buildings.
Embodied carbon is associated with the extraction of materials, manufacture, repair, disassembly and disposal. Environmental product declarations (EPDs) are a standardised way of providing the embodied carbon and other environmental impacts of a product. But, because of the complexity of building services products and their supply chains, very few building services equipment manufacturers offer EPDs.
Anastasia Mylona, head of research at CIBSE, sees the guide as an important first step for the building services industry. She said, “CIBSE now looks forward to facilitating the development of an embodied carbon database for MEP products, which will make it easier for CIBSE members to address this crucial challenge.”