How can housebuilders encourage carbon reductions across the construction industry?
The buildings we live and work in account for 40% of global emissions each year. And while the construction industry already focuses on creating more energy-efficient homes, reducing the built environment’s carbon footprint starts from the ground up: with the construction of homes. A significant amount of the industry’s emissions – 11% – comes from the carbon emissions embedded within the building itself. Yet, steel, cement, concrete and other materials the industry relies on are among the hardest to decarbonise.
Wishing to push the industry’s needle, Bellway sought to tackle the embodied emissions of its homes. The developer wanted to measure the impact of its homes not after they were built but beforehand. In doing so, Bellway hoped to liaise with suppliers and identify how procurement decisions can minimise its footprint.