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It is possible to carry out an indicative analysis at a very early stage in the project to identify the carbon footprint that is strongly influenced by the choice of building materials. Based on the results, it is then possible to apply principles of low carbon construction from the earliest stage of the project.

In the later stages of the project, the analysis can be used to identify the building elements that have the largest impact and where optimization can be effective.

We also prepare CO2 impact analyzes comparing the demolition of an existing building and the construction of a new building vs. the renovation of an existing building.

  1. First, analyze whether the construction of the building is necessary or whether it is a more reasonable alternative to renovate an existing building.

  2. Analyze the CO2 footprint as early as possible in the project stage to identify the factors that can be optimized to give maximum good results at minimum costs

  3. The maximum energy efficiency per unit of surface area optimizes the generation of the CO2 footprint during the period of use of the building

  4. When optimizing embodied carbon, a simple rule generally applies - the lighter the building, the lower the carbon footprint. 

  5. In the case of concrete structures, the amount of material should be optimized and concrete and reinforcement should be chosen, the effects of which are produced during production are as low as possible. For example, if it is possible to choose cement that uses alternative substances instead of clinker, choose reinforcement that uses 100% recycled steel in its production.

  6. Maximize the amount of recycled materials in the design of the building. 

  7. Maximize the use of materials produced from renewable resources in the design of the building.

  8. Design the building in such a way that the materials/products can be easily dismantled, easily repaired and reused (the English term Design for Disassembly)

  9. Choose materials/products that can be recycled and for which it is not necessary to spend a lot of energy.

  10. Design the building in such a way that its purpose of use can be changed in the future if necessary.

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