Barriers to Tackling Embodied Carbon in the Construction Industry
The purpose of this thesis is to understand the potential barriers that are faced by design teams when working to reduce the embodied carbon footprint of architectural design projects.
The barriers highlighted are: Engagement, Education, Social Perception, Capital Cost and Government support. The report discusses these barriers and identifies where the responsibility of overcoming them should lie.
This research sets out a case study to better understand the barriers. The project aimed to design affordable, adaptable, low carbon social housing.
The document identifies the largest obstacle, and coincidentally the lowest hanging fruit, as the lack of awareness, and subsequently education, among professionals working in the industry, of immediacy and fundamental of this subject.
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