eTool LCA Identifies Dramatic Carbon Savings in Leading UK Development
A life cycle assessment by eTool reveals UK-based BioRegional’s One Brighton project is delivering a 60 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to the average UK home with the potential to achieve even more.
The impressive findings from eTool’s in-depth life cycle assessment for the inner city apartment development were recently released to a flurry of interest during the UK Green Buildings Council’s Embodied Carbon Week.
eTool’s LCA includes the embodied carbon emissions within this pioneering mixed-use and car-free twin block development, as well as One Brighton’s day-to-day operational emissions from energy and water consumption. As with all LCA’s eTool conducts with its unique online software, the outputs are compliant with the international standard EN15978.
Pat Hermon, lead eTool LCA engineer, said: “An LCA never fails to raise interesting design questions surrounding not only material selection but operational energy, water, transport, waste and functionality. This LCA of One Brighton is no exception, particularly thanks to the transparency of the developers and post-occupancy monitoring – an important step forwards in closing the performance gap.”
One Brighton was completed and occupied in 2010 and eTool’s LCA was an important part of the review of its performance against the targets set in the One Planet Action Plan. eTool has been working closely with BioRegional on One Brighton, its follow-up multi-residential project to the world famous BedZed eco-village in Sutton, South London.
The findings from the One Brighton LCA report and the project’s sustainability credentials have received a lot of attention in the UK. Read more about the project here:
One Brighton achieves deep carbon cuts – BioRegional, UK
One Brighton releases 60% fewer emissions – Building 4 Change, BRE Trust, UK
One Brighton: Achieving a 60% carbon cut, aiming for 78% – UK Green Building Council
One Brighton achieves deep carbon cuts – Global Sustain, UK
BioRegional project delivers 60% carbon savings – Building.co.uk
eTool is watching with interest as BioRegional continues its work to reduce OneBrighton’s operational emissions in order to reach its 2020 target.
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