Day 1 Embodied Carbon

The core of Government policy and indeed the concern of the public is to radically reduce our world’s dependency of carbon and to reduce our emissions to a level that is sustainable for the planet. This is an absolute key goal that is fully supported by both the STBA and SPAB. The issue comes with how to we actually achieve this in a sustainable manner that does not adversely impact on the many social and historical factors that are embedded into our existing built environment. This long argument has been largely won thanks to the impassioned work of the STBA, SPAB and many others. The advent of PAS2035 means that there are some safeguards coming into place.

The remaining problem is that lots of works to buildings means a lot of carbon being expended in the short term to save ‘in-use’ carbon. The term ’embodied carbon’ needs to be part of this equation and this opens up the debate. What carbon is already stored within our built environment? What type of materials could be used in retrofit, that are compatible with traditional buildings, and how does their embodied carbon effect choice? Can we even measure the effects of these choices and are there tools that can help? 

This session of the conference will help us all to answer these questions as we have a stellar line up of speakers who have explored this topic in depth. they are:

Peter Cox – THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE OLD HOMES: Re-use and Recycle to Reduce Carbon

Peter is currently President of the ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Energy Sustainably and Climate Change (NSCES+CC). Peter’s contribution to the Stone Federation of Great Britain is well acknowledged, having chaired the technical committee and having been Vice Chair of the approved contractors’ scheme. Whilst working in the USA, he was an active member of the Association of Preservation Technology (APT). He has served on the committee researching chemical consolidation methods for decay and is an associate of the International Institute of Conservation.

As one of Ireland’s leading conservation and stone experts, Peter has the vision and experience to be creative and bring about unique concepts to improve and protect both new and historic buildings in both Ireland and the UK’s built Heritage. He is instrumental in advising and implementing national conservation & heritage policies on behalf of government bodies and local authorities.

Dr Tom Woolley – Retrofit: why the choice of low carbon breathable materials is crucial

Tom Woolley B.Arch., PhD is an architect and environmental researcher living in County Down Northern Ireland and working for Rachel Bevan Architects. He is internationally known for his work on sustainability, construction and energy policy. He was Professor of Architecture at Queens University Belfast from 1991 to 2007and is a visiting Professor at Anglia Ruskin University and at the Centre for Alternative Technology.

Tom Woolley has published widely on construction, planning, housing, green architecture and healthy buildings, including the Green Building Handbook, Natural Building, Hemp and Lime Construction and Low Impact Building, Building Materials, Health and Indoor Air Quality and most recently Thermal Insulation Materials. Tom has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops around the world including Canada, South Africa, Malaysia, Holland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Chile.


Brian Murphy – Target: U value + Overheating + GreenCostPlan + VE + BoM + BoQ + EE + EC + SC + LCA = GBC

Can we: Target carbon-back instead of pay-back? Target Architect’s Green Cost Planning instead of QS’s violet cost price books? Target competent building addressing U values, overheating and condensation risk as well as low embodied energy through to carbon in use?
Combining U values and other performance, with material’s carbon and LCA data with a bill of materials, labour, quantities and costs and we can engage with these targets, do real value engineering and monetise carbon. GBC Green Building Calculator is on its way to combining all these issues, with many other functions and one day aims to grow into a BIM App.

Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan is a technician and architect by training, specification writer by choice, environmentalist by action, educator by calling, a writer, editor and disseminator by necessity and an Excel number cruncher, because not many people want to do that.

Sophia Haywood – Decarbonising Heat: The role for LPG and bioLPG

Sophia is Director of Public Affairs for Liquid Gas UK and responsible for representing the association’s 100 members from the LPG and bioLPG sector. She works with and influences stakeholders from across UK and Devolved Government, as well as policy making and regulatory bodies, outlining the key role that LPG and bioLPG can play in decarbonising heat for homes, businesses and industry. Last year, Sophia launched the industry’s 2040 Vision with cross-party support, which outlines the LPG industry’s ambition to transition to bioLPG by 2040.

Prior to Liquid Gas UK, Sophia has worked in Devolved Government, the Chamber of Commerce Network and the wider Energy & Utilities Sector.


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Q and A

STBA will lead a Q and A Panel session with all of the presenters to allow for you to explore the topic in more depth and to get some long unanswered questions off of your chests.