Woodknowledge Wales - Innovation in Zero Carbon Design. Part 2: Designing with Low Carbon Materials
The climate emergency means rethinking the materials we use to design homes. Choosing low-carbon materials for construction can significantly reduce up-front and whole-life embodied carbon emissions.
Achieving a low carbon housing fabric is a significant challenge particularly considering the ambitious targets established within the Woodknowledge Wales Net-Zero Whole Life Carbon Framework as well as those published by RIBA and LETI.
Designers have to design as well as navigate regulation, complex data-rich documentation and resistance to change. This is a potential minefield for the uninitiated but don’t despair! We have prepared a workshop that shares our experiences of conducting embodied carbon analysis as part of a social housing project in Wales.
This course provides insight based on our experience of conducting whole-life embodied carbon analysis as part of a social housing project in Wales.
This Designing with Low Carbon Materials course presents some key results from Zero Carbon Homes: Zero Carbon Timber Solutions for Wales. It is led by Dr Rob Thomas and Carl Williams, Hiraeth Architecture, and James Moxey, Woodknowledge Wales.
We will present approaches to reduce whole-life embodied carbon solutions relevant for clients who are looking to procure zero-carbon homes, designers looking to design zero-carbon homes and house builders looking to build zero carbon homes.
The course will cover the following:
- An overview of calculating embodied carbon.
- Environmental Product Declarations for low carbon materials (and how to read them).
- The relationship between up-front and whole-life embodied carbon emissions.
- Embodied carbon emissions and the development of a fabric first approach.
- The performance of low carbon fabrics.
This course is part of the Forest Nation Centre training programme delivered with support from Welsh Government. Find out more about the programme on our website.