The Carbon Impact of Domestic Buildings
From its inception, one of the key aims of the COP 26 House project was to minimise embodied carbon emissions, to build a truly zero carbon house across its life cycle.
To minimise embodied carbon, the architect of the COP26 House, Peter Smith from Roderick James Architects, focused on efficient use of products and choosing those with lower embodied carbon. Wherever possible, Peter selected timber-based products – for their (generally) lower embodied carbon, but also their aesthetic, comfort and health characteristics.
The whole life embodied carbon assessment of the house carried out by Circular Ecology shows that Beyond Zero Homes’ COP26 House beats the RIBA 2030 Challenge target by a substantial 22%.
For more results from the whole life embodied carbon assessment, see:
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The same conscious approach will be taken in decisions for all other materials used in the house construction – from foundations to wall and floor finishes, to heating and water systems, to appliances and furnishings – looking for products produced in line with circular economy, low carbon principles, ensuring water efficiency and climate resilience.