Crucial steps to curb carbon emissions in roofing

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Crucial steps to curb carbon emissions in roofing

The construction industry is responding to mounting pressure to address its significant carbon emissions. A coalition of 11 influential industry bodies, including the Chartered Institution of Building (CIOB) and the Construction Industry Council (CIC), has urged political parties to prioritise the regulation of embodied carbon in construction ahead of the upcoming general election.

Regulation of Embodied Carbon: A Key Initiative

Their policy paper outlines crucial steps to curb carbon emissions, advocating for mandatory whole-life carbon measurement and reporting on projects exceeding certain thresholds by 2026, with legal limits on upfront embodied carbon emissions proposed by 2028. These measures aim to significantly reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and accelerate progress towards national emission reduction targets.

Understanding the Impact: Embodied Carbon in Construction

Embodied carbon in construction accounts for approximately 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions in the UK. RIBA President Muyiwa Oki underscores the necessity of embodied carbon regulation in achieving net-zero targets, citing examples from countries like France, Denmark, and Sweden that have already implemented similar regulations.

Innovative Roofing Solutions

In tandem with regulatory efforts, the roofing industry is implementing various solutions to reduce carbon emissions.

  • Cool roofing systems reflect sunlight and absorb minimal heat, lowering indoor temperatures and saving energy.
  • Green roofing involves cultivating vegetation to provide insulation, absorb rainwater, and enhance biodiversity, reducing the need for artificial heating and cooling.
  • Solar roofing harnesses renewable energy from solar panels, reducing reliance on non-renewable sources.
  • Recycled roofing materials repurpose waste and reduce environmental impact, while energy-efficient insulation conserves energy and reduces the need for heating.
  • Durable materials extend roof lifespan, minimising material waste. Regular maintenance and inspections ensure optimal efficiency.

These solutions collectively contribute to curb carbon emissions in roofing and to promote sustainability in the construction industry.

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This article, as with all other articles we produce, is for guidance purposes only. It does not constitute formal advice and should not be relied upon as such. For bespoke, unbiased advice relating to your commercial roofing project please contact us and we would be pleased to assist.

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