Assessing the Carbon-Related Impacts and Benefits of Timber in Construction

Assessing the Carbon-Related Impacts and Benefits of Timber in Construction

Date Published

21 September 2022

Document Type

Author

TDUK
Summary

This paper explains how to account for carbon in timber buildings and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) by rigorously applying the latest European Standards and the RICS Professional Statement on Whole Life Carbon Assessment in the built environment.

This will prove useful for architects, engineers, clients, and contractors when assessing the embodied carbon associated with buildings and other structures, as well as product manufacturers and suppliers in demonstrating the carbon impact of their products.

This paper seeks to help clarify how the standards require us to account for embodied carbon within timber buildings and structures so we can better understand, measure, and address these emissions in order to reduce their environmental impact.
Key Information
  • Forests and carbon
  • Considering carbon sequestration in timber products
  • Product manufacture
  • Transport of timber
  • End of life of timber
  • Reporting at building level

Case studies

In 2015, the architectural practice Squire and Partners purchased a dilapidated three storey department store in the centre of Brixton.

In 2019 an explosion of colour appeared on the sedate lawn of Dulwich Picture Gallery. It was the Colour Palace, a timber pavilion painted in exuberant geometric patterns and stripes in a kaleidoscope of zinging neon colours.