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Carbon Tracking Tool

Masdar City has developed an approach and tool to measuring its embodied carbon in construction. The embodied carbon emissions of a building are from the CO2 produced during the manufacture of materials, their transport and assembly on site.

Embodied carbon’s relevance to construction
Embodied carbon emissions are worth serious consideration in construction for many reasons, including the following:

Embodied carbon accounts for a large proportion of construction’s carbon footprint. To keep thing simple, Masdar City has focused on a small number of high-mass or highly-manufactured components for a building so the most readily achievable sources of emissions reductions are targeted for reduction.

The concrete structure of the Masdar Institute gives it a high thermal mass, which helps cut energy bills. The high embodied energy was reduced by using recycled materials for the concrete and reinforcement.

Some processes and products are more carbon-intensive than others – cement, aluminium and glass being good examples – it is not necessary to calculate the absolute total carbon footprint of a project, as many components will have a negligible impact and offer limited opportunities for mitigation. Masdar City has adopted an approach that focuses on the most carbon-intense and extensively used components.

In developing the embodied carbon tracking tool, the principal issues addressed include:

By reporting on building embodied carbon footprint, project teams will be able to provide, a more rounded view of the impact of their buildings. As data improves, we will be able to band buildings by their embodied carbon rating and Masdar City will gain a greater appreciation of their project teams’ roles in addressing carbon impact through:

It is an evolving approach and our database will become richer and more diverse as our project coverage increases.

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