What’s going on with carbon?
On 27 April 2022, the Low Carbon Concrete Routemap was published by the Green Construction Board and the Institution of Civil Engineers.
The report comprises of research and proposals from industry experts to increase environmental consciousness across the Trade: specifically the carbon emitted by the concrete lifecycle.
Some proposals from the report include a standardised rating system that will make it easier for construction clients and designers to choose low-carbon options, as well as optimising and adapting new and existing construction technologies for concrete.
The Low Carbon Concrete Routemap predicts that by following one of their three decarbonisation routes to 2050, the carbon emitted by the construction industry could be sliced by more than half by 2035.
NASA tells us that climate change is accelerating at an unprecedented rate and the World Green Building Council in 2019 estimated that building and construction are responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions in the world. This Routemap provides a guide to how the construction industry can eliminate all C emissions from concrete by 2050.
“As the world digests the outcome of last November’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), it is clear that the construction industry must do everything it can to minimise carbon emissions.”
What’s it got to do with me?
The guidance laid out in the Routemap are, for now, recommendations and not obligations. Still, the routemap provides us with a valuable opportunity to really consider how we can be taking steps to make our work more environmentally friendly.
Additionally, there are some more concrete (excuse the pun) rules and regulations coming into play for the construction industry that we should all be getting prepared for. This includes the new 2025 Future Homes and Buildings Standards and subsequent changes to several building regulation documents by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities. Under these standards, all new homes will produce 75-80% less carbon emissions than is allowed under current regulations.