Considering Strategies & Tools for Decarbonisation

18 Oct 2022
Sustainability Stage

Embodied Carbon Calculator - Poppy Parsons, Galliford Try Embodied Carbon Calculators

Reducing the impact of the built environment on climate change is a key challenge for all those working in the construction sector.
While progress has been made on the industry’s implementation of Net Zero Carbon in Operation education buildings there is still a relative lack of knowledge within construction surrounding embodied carbon reduction strategies and calculations.

Galliford Try have pledged to be a net zero carbon in our direct operations by 2030 and across our full supply chain by 2045 and we are taking a pro-active lead in understanding and managing our carbon footprint across our activities, including the facilities that we design and build.
In order to reduce the embodied carbon emission from our buildings it is crucial that we measure, set targets and benchmarks to understand the success factors of different approaches.

We are currently piloting our carbon calculator on several education projects which are at different project stages, both early design stages and on site, including Maybury Primary School which is a Passivhaus Primary School and a Scottish Futures Trust exemplar project for life cycle carbon modelling.

As part of this presentation we would like to share our experiences on the pilots so far.

Making Carbon Visible - Helen Groves, Atkins

One of the biggest challenges for estate owners, in particular Universities and Local Authorities, is being able to plot a course for the decarbonisation of their many buildings and facilities: it is now a legal as well as moral imperative to respond to this challenge. The variables that need to be taken into consideration are many and complex, and it is important to be able to understand them in a clear and concise manner.

In this context we will also explore why a deep understanding of data has become a major driver in decision-making. Atkins has recently been commissioned to carry out a research project for AUDE to investigate ‘What does good Higher Education space data look like’, building on the established and future data sources.

In this session we will discuss methodologies that are available to assist with optioneering, in order to plot an efficient and affordable route for decarbonisation. We will also look at the wider sources of data that is available to institutions, and how they can be woven together to improve engagement and decision-making through interrogation and visualisation. This will encompass sector-specific information as well as wider topics such as wellbeing, student satisfaction as well as the zero carbon agenda.


Jane O'Leary, Strategic Advisor - ISG Construction
Poppy Parsons, Low Carbon Construction Lead - Galliford Try
Helen Groves, Architect Director - Atkins Limited



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