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‘Whole life’ carbon count essential

Joe Durkan, Head of Technical,National Retrofit, SEAI
Ireland, Czechia and Spain will be the first countries to participate in a new initiative which aims to boost the availability of quality building climate data. This is a critical step towards decarbonising the heavily-emitting sector, which is responsible for almost 40% of global emissions.

According to a recent press release from the World Green Building Council, the INDICATE initiative will bring together governments, industry and academia to tackle one of the most common barriers to enacting policies which will ensure climate neutral construction.

INDICATE seeks to accelerate policy development across Europe by generating critical baseline data for buildings to help guide policymakers in setting carbon limits that cover the full lifecycle impact of buildings, from manufacture and construction, through to deconstruction and waste processing – the so-called “whole life carbon limits”.

Currently, almost all building regulations in Europe only address carbon emissions from the building operation, ignoring the emissions that are generated before a building comes into use and at the end of its life.

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