Built Environment Resources (V3)

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Coming Soon: Handbook for Carbon Neutral Buildings tile-image

Coming Soon: Handbook for Carbon Neutral Buildings

Year to Be Completed: 2024

CNCA & Arup to offer cities a practicable guide to purchasing bio-based and low-carbon materials.

CNCA’s 1st Online Course: Intro to Embodied Carbon tile-image

As of 2023, CNCA and One Click LCA offer free certificate course available online for city officials on life cycle analysis, biobased materials and circularity in construction.

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Climate Effect of Reusing Building Materials

City: Stockholm
Year Completed: 2023

 

CNCA provides a grant to Stockholm to research climate effects from the reuse of building products, interiors, and furniture, as well as for identifying which products could be suitable for reuse based on their climate effect and current common flows in Sweden.

Report available in Swedish (with executive summary in English).

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Opportunities to Decarbonize the Built Environment in Europe tile-image

Key action proposals from 12 European cities.

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Procedures to Facilitate Re-Use Inventory

City: Lund
Year Completed: 2023

 

CNCA provides a grant to Lund to establish clear procedures for the city administration to facilitate re-use inventory in connection with maintenance, renovation, and demolition.

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Reducing Embodied Carbon of New Buildings in Glasgow

City: Glasgow
Year Completed: 2023

CNCA provides a grant to Glasgow to provide the information and support necessary for the city to consider the introduction of an embodied carbon measurement and reduction policy in the future for buildings in the city.

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Refurbishment vs. Demolition & New Build: A Policy Outline for Cities tile-image

Developed by One Click LCA in partnership with CNCA. It suggests the key characteristics of such a policy as well as technical guidance on how the assessments should be undertaken.

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Communicating the Importance of Embodied Carbon and Bio-based Materials in the Built Environment tile-image

Communicating the Importance of Embodied Carbon and Bio-based Materials in the Built Environment

Year Completed: 2022

Materials to Prioritise for Reuse tile-image

Materials to Prioritise for Reuse

City: Stockholm
Year Completed: 2022

Stockholm contracted IVL to carry out an investigation that shows the climate effects of reused building products and furniture — and which materials the city will prioritise for reuse. The investigation was a first step to be able to evaluate the establishment of the city’s new centre for circularity.

Results available in Swedish (with summary in English).

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Action Plan to Dramatically Reduce Embodied Carbon and Increase Uptake of Bio-Based Materials tile-image

Overview from the technical assessments addressed to the 12 cities participating in the project reviewing laws impacting embodied carbon and bio-based and identifying levers for action.

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Embodied Carbon Policy Framework

Embodied Carbon—the emissions released from materials during the construction of buildings and infrastructure—will be responsible for half of the carbon footprint of new structures between now and 2050. It is a substantial source of carbon emissions in cities that can be dramatically reduced through the legal and regulatory powers of zoning and land use policies. Some leading cities around the world have already begun to adopt and apply these policies, but for climate goals to be met, global implementation needs to be accelerated. 

This framework provides guidance for cities considering policies that can deliver the highest impact within their geopolitical contexts and regulatory systems. Over 50 existing policies from leading cities have been evaluated, categorized, and scored according to their potential, cost efficiency, ease of implementation, and enforceability.

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