Dealing with Embodied Carbon in Irish Construction

Within KSN we promote the awareness of Green Building Products in the Irish Construction Industry. Trying to reduce the amount of Carbon in building products (Embodied Carbon) in Ireland is key to meeting Ireland’s carbon reduction targets. The long-term goal is to construct buildings in materials which have required zero carbon to create them.

The energy efficiency in the running of buildings has been well developed over the past 10 years and most people in the industry understand the ratings and terminology associated with energy certificates such as BER rating, Leed, etc. The next step for the industry to challenge is to reduce the amount of carbon in building construction and building products, Embodied Carbon and the Life Cycle Carbon of buildings. This is even more important now with our new buildings run efficiently, the larger proportion of carbon is mainly produced in the construction.