National and local governments are on the cusp of mandating that new-build homes must achieve zero-carbon. However, achieving true net-Zero carbon isn’t possible if we neglect to account for the footprint of the materials and processes used in constructing a home.

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.


Course content

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.

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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.

Event details

Date: 15/04/2021

Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm