A Guide to Understanding the Embodied Impacts of Construction Products

This guide aims to improve the understanding across the construction industry of the embodied impacts of construction products. The quest for a more sustainable and more recently a low carbon built environment, has meant that the demand for information on the impact of construction products has increased dramatically.

Much attention is being given to new ways of designing and constructing buildings and whilst the focus has been on energy efficiency and capturing renewable energy, there is a growing awareness that the embodied impacts of construction products and especially embodied carbon will become increasingly important.

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Monday, 4th March 2013

Rory Bergin, HTA

A useful introduction to the field of impact assessment. It is short enough for beginners to read, but comprehensive enough to give a rounded summary of the state-of-the-art. This field is the next big thing in sustainability assessment and needs to be understood by all construction industry professionals.


Monday, 4th March 2013

Danielle Densley Tingley, The University of Sheffield

An informative report which explains what the different environmental impacts of construction materials are and explains why these are important. Clear links are drawn to current standards of measurement and associated legislation.

This is a useful, easily understandable guide for those wanting to understand the assessment of the embodied impacts of materials.


Monday, 4th March 2013

Andrea Charlson, Arup

This technical document provides a clear introduction to the concept of embodied impacts; what they are, how they are calculated, life cycle assessments and the various environmental product declaration schemes in Europe. It will be helpful to those both new to and familiar with the topic.


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