Embodied Carbon - Updated ICE Database and RICS Building Carbon Database
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When: Thursday, May 30, 2019
16:00 - 19:30
Where: RICS
12 Great George Street
London SW1P 3AD
United Kingdom

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The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is pleased to partner with The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products and Circular Ecology to host a topical seminar on embodied carbon in buildings. The purpose of the event is to showcase updated versions of two important resources, the ICE (Inventory of Carbon and Energy) Database developed by Circular Ecology’s Craig Jones, and the new-look RICS Building Carbon Database, formerly the WRAP Embodied Carbon Database.

ICE (Inventory of Carbon and Energy) Database

The ICE (Inventory of Carbon and Energy) Database is a leading embodied energy and carbon database for building materials.

The first version of the ICE database was created by Craig Jones, environment sustainability expert and Director of Circular Ecology, during his former role as a researcher at the University of Bath whilst working for Professor Geoff Hammond, at the Sustainable Energy Research Team (SERT).

The first version was released in 2005 following an extensive literature review and has been updated at periodic intervals. The database has been significantly updated in recent months after receiving funding from Environment AgencyHeathrow and Rail Safety Standards Board.

The free-to-use database has been downloaded by over 20,000 professionals from around the world and it appears in countless reports, journals, books, lectures, embodied energy and carbon footprint calculators.

RICS Building Carbon Database

The RICS Building Carbon Database is an evolution of the WRAP Embodied Carbon Database which was commissioned by WRAP and the UK Green Building Council to capture embodied carbon data for whole buildings. The database is a free-to-use, publicly available resource for building professionals to be able to benchmark their designs to a far greater extent and to more detailed comparative data than was previously available.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) launched the new-look database in December 2018 following a period of engagement with industry professionals with support from UKGBC. The refreshed database has both an improved user interface and data resilience. This event provides a fantastic opportunity to hear from RICS on the evolution of this useful tool.

The updated database compliments RICS' Professional Statement on Whole Life Carbon Assessment for the Built Environment released in November 2017 which set out specific mandatory principles and supporting guidance for the assessment of environmental performance of buildings, aligned to the EN 15978 methodology.


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