The purpose of a Whole Life Carbon Assessment is to understand the emissions associated with a building’s life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to end of life disposal. It is also applicable to all products including furniture.
Importantly, a WLCA tells the whole story of a building, rather than just focussing on operational carbon. Most energy reporting schemes measure only operational carbon performance, but this omits a large part of the story – the embodied impacts associated with a building’s structure and fit out. WLCA is, therefore, able to compare the potential gains of a refurbishment vs a new build.
Our WLCA’s are accompanied by a report demonstrating how the building performs against sector and industry best practice metrics such as Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor (CRREM), RIBA Sustainable Outcomes, London Energy Transformation Initiative Climate Emergency Design Guide benchmarks and UK Green Building Council Pathway to Net Zero. This information allows you to communicate effectively with investors and occupiers with climate ambition how your property performs.
Once obtained, WLCA data can be benchmarked against other buildings and industry best practice metrics to demonstrate:
•How the building performs on the real estate net zero carbon trajectory.
•Whether the asset is at risk of becoming ‘stranded’ in relation to carbon performance.
•The point at which major refurbishment or alteration may be required to align with a net zero trajectory.
•That the property represents a good investment for those with a climate ambition.