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Whole-life carbon: RIBA and RICS guidance


Guidance from both RICS and the RIBA on carbon reduction from a whole-life perspective can be used together to plan for resource efficiency and minimal emissions. Simon Sturgis of Sturgis Carbon Profiling reports


Whole-life carbon: Fabric retention

2017-04-18T15:43:00+01:00By Mirko Farnetani and Juan José Lafuente of Sturgis Carbon Profiling

In redevelopment or refurbishment, retaining elements of existing buildings offers significant environmental and financial benefits

Figure 1: Warehouse Relocated: 9 Cambridge Avenue

Whole-life carbon: Circular economy

2016-12-02T06:00:00+00:00By James Robb and Priyanka Arora from Sturgis Carbon Profiling

Typical design approaches minimise energy use and then offset to reach net zero – but how reliable is offsetting in reality?

Figure 1: Concrete framed structure in London

Whole-life carbon: Structural systems

2016-04-19T11:06:00+01:00By Athina Papakosta of Sturgis Carbon Profiling

The embodied carbon of a non-domestic development can be altered to a significant degree depending on the choice of materials used in its structural system

Figure 1: Facade with louvres

Whole-life carbon: Facades

2015-11-11T06:01:00+00:00By Leo Cheung and Mirko Farnetani of Sturgis Carbon Profiling

How embodied and whole-life carbon can be reduced through simple design and specification decisions at little additional cost

Deep retrofit project to EnerPHit standard of the 1720s terraced mews house by Grosvenor Britain and Ireland

Whole-life carbon: Retrofit vs EnerPHit

2015-06-25T15:30:00+01:00By Priyanka Arora and Maiia Guermanova

Assessments show retrofit to EnerPHit level, the Passivhaus retrofit standard, can reduce whole-life carbon emissions by 40% compared to typical Part L

Research shows that occupiers prefer Victorian and Georgian homes, but they can provide poor energy efficiency

Whole-life carbon: Wellbeing

2015-03-26T06:00:00+00:00By Leo Cheung and Mirko Farnetani of Sturgis Carbon Profiling

Improving the energy efficiency of a building may be good for the planet, but occupiers may only be prepared to foot the bill if they can directly feel the benefit. Gareth Roberts of Sturgis Carbon Profiling analyses the latest research

Developer Argent have considered the effects of leisure and lifestyle choices when redeveloping the area around King’s Cross, including Granary Square (pictured)

Whole-life carbon: Lifestyle

2014-11-13T06:00:00+00:00By Juan J Lafuente and Theodore Darviris of Sturgis Carbon Profiling

Some of our smallest everyday choices can have a huge impact on carbon emissions within and beyond the built environment. Juan J Lafuente and Theodore Darviris of Sturgis Carbon Profiling explore the cumulative effect of lifestyle choices on our carbon footprint

Whole-life carbon: Hotels

Whole-life carbon: Hotels

2014-06-18T06:00:00+01:00By Martina Arata

Martina Arata of Sturgis Carbon Profiling explores ways in which the hospitality industry can meet guest expectations while delivering low-carbon hotels

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Whole-life carbon: Overheating

2014-03-28T06:00:00+00:00By Juan J Lafuente

As the latest update to Part L is implemented, Juan J Lafuente of Sturgis Carbon Profiling reports on the findings of a two-year research programme into building performance - which suggest that improvements to airtightness standards could actually lead to higher carbon emissions in the UK


Whole-life carbon: Airports

2013-11-15T06:00:00+00:00By Gareth Roberts and Juan J Lafuente of Sturgis Carbon Profiling

Lifecycle analysis suggests that, when it comes to transport hubs, the most energy-efficient option is not always the most obvious


Whole-life carbon: Domestic

2013-06-20T06:00:00+01:00By Christina Stuart of Sturgis Carbon Profiling

Lifecycle analysis sheds light on whether retrofitting or rebuilding will best help the government to deliver its 2050 carbon reduction targets


Whole-life carbon: Shopping centres

2013-03-28T00:00:00+00:00By , Dr Qian Li

Our series on whole-life emissions for different building types continues with three 60-year scenarios for a shopping mall

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Whole-life carbon: New-build schools

2012-09-14T00:00:00+01:00By Gareth Roberts and Dr Qian Li of Sturgis Carbon Profiling

Through the careful specification of timber it is possible to reduce the whole-life carbon footprint of a school by over 15%

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Whole-life carbon: Prestige offices

2012-05-18T00:00:00+01:00By Gareth Roberts

Using the example of a building in the City of London, Gareth Roberts of Sturgis Carbon Profiling explains how new European standards for whole-life carbon assessment can make big savings

Calculating housing lifecycle costs

2008-02-22T00:00:00+00:00By Stephen Kennett, Stephen Kennett Stephen Kennett

Q: How do you work out the total cost of a house over a 100-year lifetime without spending hours poring over every single element? Stephen Kennett finds out the answer

This naturally ventilated Essex office was designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson. It was built on a sloping site, so the lowest floor is above ground at the front of the building, but below it at the rear

Whole-life costs: Basements

2006-09-22T00:00:00+01:00By David Weight, David Weight David Weight

In this quarter’s comparison of whole-life costs, David Weight of Currie & Brown digs deep into the financial pros and cons of adding a basement or half-basement to your building

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Whole-life costs: Concrete vs steel

2006-06-23T00:00:00+01:00By David Weight, David Weight David Weight

What are the environmental, capital cost and lifetime cost differences between a building with a steel frame and one built using concrete? David Weight of cost consultant Currie & Brown applies the firm’s Live Options modelling system to find out

Marlow International, a four-storey office building in Buckinghamshire, was developed by Akeler and designed by architect Aukett

Whole-life costs: Height of offices


In the latest of our whole-life cost comparison articles, David Weight of Currie & Brown examines the crucial financial considerations when deciding the height of an office block

The West Middlesex University Hospital, London by architect Nightingale Associates features blocks arranged around attractive courtyards. These contain the outpatients department at ground floor level with wards above

Whole-life costs: Hospital design


In this third article in our series, and as part of our PFI special, David Weight of Currie & Brown looks at the differences in lifetime costs between deep-plan, shallow-plan or courtyard-based hospital designs

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