Progress for Proposed ‘Part Z’ Embodied Carbon Building Regulations

25 November 2022

Copyright Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Jerome Mayhew’s Carbon Emissions (Buildings) Bill is to have its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 25 November.

The Private Members Bill tackles the construction industry’s embodied carbon emissions, by requiring the reporting of carbon on significant building work from 2023 (2025 for housing) and setting limits on the embodied carbon emitted through construction from 2027.

Mr Mayhew said “Buildings and construction contribute 25% of UK carbon emissions.  We spend lots of effort trying to reduce emissions from building use but largely ignore the huge emissions caused by construction.  My Carbon Emissions (Buildings) Bill takes the first step in requiring the reporting of the amount of carbon embodied in constructing or altering large buildings from 2023, and housing developments from 2025.

“Once you measure you can start to reduce allowable emissions (from 2027), stimulating growth in the production of lower carbon products, from steel and concrete to timber and biomaterials.”

The Private Members Bill - available to read here - represents the proposed Part Z Embodied Carbon Building Regulations that have been drafted by the Part Z group, which includes FCBStudios Associate Tim den Dekker. We are proud to be raising awareness of embodied carbon and a route to reducing the emissions of our industry.