Embodied Carbon in Buildings

Measurement, Management, and Mitigation

  • Francesco Pomponi
  • Catherine De Wolf
  • Alice Moncaster

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Measurement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. M. A. Mendoza Beltran, Francesco Pomponi, J. B. Guinée, R. Heijungs
      Pages 3-21
    3. J. Gantner, W. Fawcett, I. Ellingham
      Pages 23-50
    4. S. Richardson, K. Hyde, J. Connaughton
      Pages 51-76
    5. A. Souto-Martinez, E. J. Sutley, A. B. Liel, W. V. Srubar III
      Pages 77-103
    6. Nuri Cihan Kayaçetin, Ali Murat Tanyer
      Pages 143-164
  3. Management

  4. Mitigation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Danielle Densley Tingley, Jannik Giesekam, Simone Cooper-Searle
      Pages 265-285
    3. Marianne Kjendseth Wiik, Selamawit Mamo Fufa, Inger Andresen
      Pages 323-339
    4. Donald Davies, Dario Trabucco
      Pages 341-364
  5. Approaches Across Global Regions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 365-365
    2. Robert H. Crawford, André Stephan, Monique Schmidt
      Pages 393-416
    3. Jingke Hong, Geoffrey Qiping Shen, Miaohan Tang
      Pages 417-442
    4. A. M. Moncaster, H. Birgisdottir, T. Malmqvist, F. Nygaard Rasmussen, A. Houlihan Wiberg, E. Soulti
      Pages 443-462
    5. Catherine De Wolf, K. Simonen, J. Ochsendorf
      Pages 463-482
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 505-512

About this book


This book provides a single-source reference for whole life embodied impacts of buildings. The comprehensive and persuasive text, written by over 50 invited experts from across the world,  offers an indispensable resource both to newcomers and to established practitioners in the field. Ultimately it provides a persuasive argument as to why embodied impacts are an essential aspect of sustainable built environments.

The book is divided into four sections: measurement, including a strong emphasis on uncertainty analysis, as well as offering practical case studies of individual buildings and a comparison of materials; management, focusing in particular on the perspective of designers and contractors; mitigation, which identifies some specific design strategies as well as challenges; and finally global approaches, six chapters which describe in authoritative detail the ways in which the different regions of the world are tackling the issue.

  • Provides a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to embodied carbon calculation and reduction, with a particular focus on understanding uncertainty;
  • Includes examples of approaches used by industry professionals, and specific routes to embodied carbon reduction;
  • Identifies the methodologies, tools and standards in use around the world.


Sustainable Constructions Carbon Management in the Built Environment Life Cycle Assessment in the Built Environment Sustainable Building Design Sustainable Buildings and Environments

Editors and affiliations

  • Francesco Pomponi
    • 1
  • Catherine De Wolf
    • 2
  • Alice Moncaster
    • 3
  1. 1.REBEL (Resource Efficient Built Environment Lab)Edinburgh Napier UniversityEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental EngineeringEcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.School of Engineering and InnovationOpen UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom

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