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Sturgeon: all new public buildings in Scotland to be zero carbon


This is a very strong and positive initiative. Having undertaken a review of the 30 year life cycle carbon emissions of our recent design portfolio, it is clear that in an environment such as Scotland where the energy grid is very clean anyway, the emissions associated with construction particularly of large commercial buildings are unlikely to be exceeded by the operational emissions within a 30 yr period and, as energy code gets stricter, this balance shifts even more, placing more burden on the designer and contractor to reduce embodied carbon. I think it’s time, and the level of awareness is high enough, that we need to look at introducing LCA into building codes.

Posted date

6 September, 2019

Posted time

12:51 pm