Energy & carbon
Reduced embodied carbon emissions
As newly-created buildings are increasingly energy efficient, the share of embodied carbon in the building's lifecycle emissions is increasing. Tackling this issue is essential, especially at the design phase.
What is embodied carbon?
Embodied carbon refers to a quantity of CO2 emissions contained in the materials used to construct and maintain the building throughout its lifespan. Opposed to operational carbon, it refers to the CO2 emissions related to material extraction, manufacture, construction, demolition, and end of life.
How to reduce embodied carbon in buildings?
Examples of solutions:
- change the materials for high level of recycled content or alternative materials
- designing lightweight constructions
- consider buildings as material banks
How to measure embodied carbon?
- life-cycle assessment at building level
How does Saint-Gobain contribute?
- reduce carbon emissions related to product manufacturing (local materials, renewable energy, ...)
- recycled content
- lightweight products