Can offsite be the route to carbon zero construction projects?

25 June 2020

The construction industry is the biggest contributor to the high level of emissions the UK emits. Buildoffsite will look at how the construction industry is affecting climate change, and how turning to offsite construction could be a step towards a more environmentally-friendly sector.

Government and industry strategy states that within the next five years both construction-related emissions and project delivery times must be halved. This is an ambitious target and Buildoffsite aims to demonstrate how changes in offsite delivery can meet and exceed set targets.

Lara Young, the Group Carbon Manager for Costain, will be leading a two part series on how offsite can help curb UK Carbon emissions across all construction projects; from simplistic changes to everyday practices. This will provide insight into how alternative materials can have a much bigger impact on reducing emissions and meeting UK Government targets.

About Lara

As Costain’s Group carbon manager, Lara’s role encompasses challenging existing business models and processes to guarantee carbon management through to ensuing climate change mitigation and sustainability are designed and integrated into infrastructure at all lifecycle stages – from conception and design, to delivery, operation, and disposal. The biology graduate, who later went on to complete a MBA, joined Costain in 2015 having identified the infrastructure market as one in which she could make the biggest positive impact.

Lara is proud to work for a company that shares the same passion as her for reducing the impact on our planet and society that will shape the future infrastructure landscape. She shares the view that incorporating carbon management and focusing on reducing an asset’s carbon footprint across its whole lifecycle is crucial to tackling the climate change emergency.

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10:30am – 11.30am

How do you measure carbon emissions? Scope 1, 2 and 3

How and where are carbon emissions reported?

Which scope has the biggest influence to reduce emissions?

What is embodied carbon? Why is it important?

What are the basic cost effective actions you can take to reduce embodied CO2?

What role do designers play in minimising embodied carbon?

What alternative materials could be considered for building construction?

  • Transport costs
  • Lifecycle costs
  • Use of natural materials [timber, bamboo, water based paints, hemp, straw and wool]
  • Recycled products

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