Unique Unilin Insulation independent report acts as a tool to provide clarity on how to meet the RIAI 2030 Climate Challenge.
To help gain a better understanding of embodied carbon and to encourage engagement when accounting for embodied carbon in construction projects, Unilin Insulation has commissioned an independent report as a tool to assist and provide some clarity on how to meet the RIAI 2030 Climate Challenge
This report conducts Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) for four different dwelling types using the typical material specifications to meet the embodied carbon targets set by various organisations, including RIAI.
Life cycle assessments (LCAs) are an emerging discipline. The parameters to which the assessments are calculated are quite fluid and these background changes have a measurable influence on the results.
As industry comes together to agree the parameters and set conventions for calculating and reporting (including the publication of Environmental Product Declarations – EPDs for building materials), clarity and recognised norms will allow for greater egagment and simplified methods of calculation.
XCO2 carried out Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) for four different dwelling types using the typical material specifications to meet the embodied carbon targets set by various organisations and to assess where improvements were required to meet the embodied carbon targets.
On all house types, the embodied carbon was calculated initially for a baseline specification consisting of materials that are commonly specified. The most contributing materials were then identified, and an improved specification was proposed using materials with improved, verified EPDs that help reduce the embodied carbon of the dwelling type.