Methods of measuring the operational energy of buildings are well established. There is now an awareness of the importance of considering the ‘embodied’ CO2 emissions generated from the energy needed for the extraction, processing, transport and installation of building materials.
In collaboration with the University of Brighton as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, Phlorum have developed a software tool to measure embodied carbon in new developments.
Our detailed modelling tool provides a bespoke analysis of embodied carbon to produce a lifecycle analysis of materials from cradle to grave, including a consideration of construction, demolition and recycling impacts. This allows designers and developers to fine tune their decisions to take account of their CO2 impact. It is envisaged that the tool can be used to support developers’ environmental strategies and demonstrate to clients and planners that they are ‘ahead of the game’ in considering the environmental impact of their work.
Our embodied carbon ‘quick calculator’ (see below) enables you to broadly estimate the amount of embodied CO2 for your building project and takes account of emissions from the extraction, processing and installation of materials.
We are developing this tool further to include additional materials and building types and to take account of emissions from transport. We also plan to include a facility to add operational carbon emissions to produce a ‘whole life’ carbon emission figure for your project.
In order to keep the tool straightforward to use, the actual resultant figures will necessarily be estimates - in order to keep the tool simple to use - the relative differences between different materials and techniques are accurately represented.
If you have any problems or queries when using the embodied carbon assessment tool, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.