All Whole life carbon articles

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    Why are we struggling to make modular work?


    A series of MMC firms have gone to the wall this year and doubts persist among more traditional builders. Tom Lowe looks at the issues involved

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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

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    Whole-life carbon: Fabric retention


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

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    Whole-life carbon: Circular economy


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

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    Whole-life carbon: Structural systems


    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

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    Whole-life carbon: Facades


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

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    Whole-life carbon: Retrofit vs EnerPHit


    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


    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


    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

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    Whole-life carbon: Hotels


    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


    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

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    Whole-life carbon: Airports


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

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    Whole-life carbon: Domestic


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

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    Whole-life carbon: Shopping centres


    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


    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


    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

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    Calculating housing lifecycle costs


    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


    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


    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