Willmott Dixon is committed to reducing the amount of embodied carbon or embodied energy used during a construction project, as part of our aim to cut the whole life carbon footprints of the buildings we construct.

We work with clients, designers and our supply chain to cut embodied energy on all our projects.

We also engage with the wider construction industry to identify best practice and drive down our carbon emissions. One of our directors is Jonathon Porritt (pictured), former chair of the Sustainable Development Commission.

Willmott Dixon carries out embodied carbon profiling using recognised reference tools such as the BRE Green Guide to Specifcation, which assesses the environmental impact of materials used on a project. This forms the basis of the credit scoring used for BREEAM ratings and the Code for Sustainable Homes.

What is embodied carbon?

Embodied carbon can be defined as the amount of carbon dioxide emissions released from material extraction, transport, manufacturing, and use on the construction project.

Embodied carbon is closely related to carbon footprinting. This is commonly used to describe the operational carbon generated from the energy used by a building, for example heating and lighting, combined with its construction cost. Together, embodied carbon and operational carbon represent a building's whole life carbon footprint.

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