RICS whole life carbon professional statement out for consultation

The RICS is consulting on a professional statement to outline the methodology for calculating whole life carbon. After the consultation, all RICS members will be required to follow the methodology in the published statement.

Presently, there are several methodologies used across the built environment, which has resulted in inconsistencies and confusion around whole life carbon figures.

A research project, funded by InnovateUK, has carried out a detailed analysis of current methods for calculating whole life carbon, and has produced a refined methodology for calculating it consistently.

The research was conducted by a consortium led by Simon Sturgis of Sturgis Carbon Profiling with a working group featuring UK-GBC and some of its members including: Arup, Faithful + Gould, Laing O’Rourke, Land Securities and University of Cambridge.

Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive at UK-GBC said:

“UK-GBC’s vision for a decarbonised built environment requires the industry to address both embodied and operational carbon. Whole life carbon measurement recognises the significance of both of these factors and can provide an accurate picture of the carbon associated with a built asset.

“Consistency of measurement is fundamental if we wish to turn carbon into a common currency that informs every design and procurement decision.

“I am delighted for UK-GBC to be involved in this important research and wish to congratulate the whole project team for delivering a rigorous methodology for the industry.”

The RICS consultation page ‘Whole life carbon measurement: implementation in the built environment’ is available here – deadline for responses 31st May.

Published: 16/05/2017

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