At this year’s Centre for Windows and Cladding Technology (CWCT) AGM, a panel on sustainability featuring Staticus’ CEO Aušra Vankevičiūtė called for greater collaboration, more openness, and clearer data in embodied carbon calculations in façades.
During the discussion, Aušra highlighted the importance of long-term commitment to the innovation needed to enable accurate, industry-wide calculations of embodied carbon. While it requires time and investment, innovation should happen at every level of the value chain, Aušra stated. She also pointed out that more consistent engagement is required across the industry.
Aušra also focused on transparency. She called for companies to share real sustainability calculations and data rather than solely engaging in green PR.
Regarding the establishment of industry standards for evaluating embodied carbon, Aušra applauded the CWCT’s work in this area. However, she also argued that in the end, many industry players still see sustainability as a nice-to-have rather than a must-have. According to Aušra, there needs to be regulation and financial requirements to change this behaviour.
Aušra’s fellow panellists – Rebecca Hartwell from Cambridge University, Daniel Ward from Stanhope, and Peter Fisher of Bennetts Associates – echoed her sentiments on long-term focus, more reliable data and greater investment. Mr. Fisher also added that more data is required so architects can better understand how to be more efficient at the concept design stages.
Staticus’ Preconstruction Manager Aaron Dehara, who also attended the AGM, said that encouraging industry feedback and clearer data were among the key themes at the event. According to Aaron, the discussions emphasised the importance of active engagement with the industry and collecting reliable data on the life and end-of-life of carbon for establishing an industry-wide methodology for embodied carbon calculations.
You can read more about the CWCT AGM discussion on industry standards for embodied carbon calculations on Staticus website.
About Staticus Care
Staticus Care is the research wing of Staticus, and is currently working on a project to decrease a façade’s CO2 footprint by up to 70-75%, in partnership with OsloMet, Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) and SINTEF. This project is called “Developing a more environmentally friendly automated façade system that is integrated into the building’s control systems” and is funded by the 2014-2021 Norwegian Financial Mechanism Program “Business Development, Innovation and SMEs” and EEA and Norway Grants.
This project was funded by the 2014-2021 Norwegian Financial Mechanism Program “Business Development, Innovation and SMEs”. Project amount financed by NorwayGrants: 1 659 888.10 Eur.