Arup to assess buildings' whole-life carbon
Construction design firm and ECA Member Arup has pledged to undertake whole lifecycle carbon assessments for all its building projects, starting next year.
The firm also said it would develop a methodology to extend whole lifecycle carbon assessments to its infrastructure work.
Construction Manager reports that the firm said it has been estimated that less than 1% of building projects are currently evaluated in a way that quantifies the scale and source of carbon emissions generated during their lifespans – a step which it said was “essential” if the most effective decarbonisation actions are to be identified.
Arup chairman Alan Belfield said: “Whole lifecycle carbon assessment is the next step that must be taken to unlock decarbonisation of the built environment at scale.
"Our commitment to undertaking whole lifecycle carbon assessment for all of our buildings work means that for the first time we will have the data to share with our clients and with industry partners about the precise actions to be taken to decarbonise buildings – new or existing – most effectively.”