NWC Embodied Carbon

Based on the North West Cambridge Lot 4 project, SWA developed scenarios for step-change reductions in the embodied carbon of new UK housing. Embodied carbon is a measure of the emissions resulting from all the materials and processes that go towards producing a new building. Working with the University of Cambridge, this project investigated how a typical terraced house and apartment building can be constructed to yield small, medium and large reductions to the carbon footprints of typical house types. We embraced familiar and radical materials, investigated supply chains and analysed the impact of new scenarios on the design of future homes.

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