Both calculating and visualising embodied carbon and the impact of this on lifecycle carbon analysis has historically been a complex task. Hawkins\Brown has worked in partnership with the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE), based within The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, to create the Hawkins\Brown Emission Reduction Toolkit. The tool plugs into Revit and enables the designer to quickly test the embodied carbon emissions of different material options at any time during the design process.
This allows easy comparison of elemental design options as well as assisting in decision making related to retrofit or rebuild. We have used this approach to support the retention of existing and heritage buildings where the case is not often clear. Hawkins\Brown have also used the tool to claim exemplary material credits in the BREEAM New Construction 2014 form on one project to date and are delighted that the BRE are supporting us at the event.
- Monday 24 September 2018
- 08:00 - 11:00
NLA, The Building Centre
26 Store Street
H\B:ERT Launch Event
We are hosting this event as part of World Green Building Week to launch the tool by presenting the benefits we have found from this analysis, lessons learnt and an industry-expert panel discussion about what the future might hold.
08:00 Coffee and pastries
08:30 Hawkins\Brown and UCL present the H\B:ERT
09:00 Panel discussion and questions
10:00 Coffee and networking
Reducing embodied carbon through measurement and visualisation
The built environment is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions, but people will always need homes, schools and offices. How can the built environment industry tackle this question and can this tool help designers make more informed decisions?
- To what extent does the construction industry need to take responsibility for reducing their carbon emissions outside of regulatory obligations?
- How do we incentivise clients and design teams to consider whole life carbon and embodied carbon in their decision making?
- Can architects and designers lead the way in showing how material choices can reduce emissions?
- What actions from regulatory bodies and legislatures can support us?
- How can we work together to share data to lead to more sustainable choices?
Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor, the Architects' Journal (Chair)
Louisa Bowles, Partner, Hawkins\Brown LLP; Yair Schwartz, UCL Research Associate EngD, H\B:ERT developer; Simon Sturgis, Managing Director, Sturgis Carbon Profiling LLP; Daniel Doran, Building Research Establishment; Alastair Mant, Head of Industry Engagement, UKGBC
The tool and a ‘how-to guide’ will be available to access freely through the Hawkins\Brown website. Case study information will be available to take away at the event.