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The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...embodied carbon in building materials. How to calculate & compare the embodied carbon in building materials? The introduction of the free, open-access Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator EC3 tool by Skanska at Greenbuild, November 19-22, 2019 in Atlanta, GA simplifies this complex problem, giving constructio...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...embodied energy of materials, also referred to as Embodied Carbon and Carbon Footprint. Manufacturers have different methods to mitigate these impacts, and all of these materials have complex life cycles. For a meaningful comparison, materials would need to be assessed as part of a lifecycle analysis (LCA) at a globa...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

Natural building insulation materials In order to combat the climate change impact of the built environment, natural insulation materials such as hemp insulation, cellulose, wood fiber and grass insulation help us meet emission targets because they act as carbon storage. We are living in a time when the embodied ene...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...embodied energy of the materials that make up its components. The embodied energy of a material comprises all the energy required for extraction, transportation and manufacturing. The reason for building a more efficient house is to either save money, save energy, or both. If the construction of that house requires a...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...embodied energy as a small fraction of the total footprint, and compared that to the embodied energy in homes built to code, was about half, as seen in the chart below. Percentage of embodied energy compared to total lifespan operational energy required of the Eco-Habitat S1600 kit house compared to code-built hous...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

1. Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles © Ecohome We’ll start with shingles to get it out of the way, because choosing an eco-friendly, durable roof covering starts first with dismissing any idea of installing asphalt shingles. High-embodied energy, rarely if ever recycled, they deteriorate rapidly with UV ray...

Zero Carbon Building
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

CaGBC's Zero Carbon Buildings Initiative explained

...embodied carbon within construction materials and furnishings. The two programs are very complementary. LEED addresses a range of important issues, and touches on emissions through specific, targeted measures that projects can take; the Zero Carbon Buildings program provides a means of assessing the overall impact of...

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...embodied energy (meaning energy spent to extract and produce it), however, there are no health effects for home occupants. A metal roof is extremely durable, has a long lifespan and it will be 100% recyclable at the end of its life. This is the kind of thought process you will need to go through to determine what exa...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...embodied energy throughout the extraction and production process. Moreover, it is not easy to install. Cost of brick wall finishes: Very expensive - "If you have to ask..." Expected Lifespan of brick wall finishes: longer than yours! Stucco wall finishes Stucco Wall Finish © Yanni Milon ...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...embodied energy given that it undergoes multiple transformations. Even so, it has many technical and ecological advantages: it can be very strong and facilitate large spans without requiring large trees and environmentally speaking wood framing has a lower embodied carbon footprint than concrete. Open web floor joi...

Green building certifications

Powerhouse: the new standard for positive energy design

...embodied energy of building materials and decommissioning at the end of its life must be offset by its own energy production. The requirements for certification as stated on the Powerhouse Group website are that a building must - “during its lifetime produce more renewable energy than it uses for materials, production,...