Learning from life cycle analysis

Recorded:Tuesday 16 November 2021
Presented by:Jenny Burridge, Head of Structural engineering, Tom De Saulles, Building Physics Advisor and Elaine Toogood, Head of Architecture, The Concrete Centre
CPD:1 hours

The need to understand the whole life carbon impacts of new construction has never been greater but forming a clear picture of the appropriate design decisions are complex.

With this in mind, The Concrete Centre commissioned environmental engineering consultant Max Fordham to carry out a detailed Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), with the aim of gaining a better understanding of carbon emissions over the lifespan of a typical concrete-framed residential building, and to inform how future designs can be optimised. The study provides a wealth of information on the relationship between embodied and operational carbon, and the interplay between different building materials and systems.

This online seminar recording looks at the lessons our team learned from the independent study and how these can inform optimising the design of sustainable concrete buildings. The panel of speakers focus on the findings, reviewing the holistic design and overall strategy, the structural design including implications of frame design, and the heating and cooling strategy.

Duration 1 hour, 13 minutes