Pell Frischmann’s Embodied Carbon for Structures (EC4S)

Pell Frischmann Embodied Carbon for Structures (EC4S) tool has become imperative for your design to reach Net Zero Carbon.

The UK Government has mandated a Net Zero Carbon by 2050. With this, throughout the UK, companies are updating environment and sustainability policies to work towards this goal.

Pell Frischmann has a duty to lead this, putting measures in place to achieve this goal, however, the responsibility does not fall on one individual – we all have a duty to work together.

There is an absence of concept stage guidance for clients, architects and engineers. Buildings, in particular substructure and superstructures, consume significant embodied carbon in their construction; informed decisions at a scheme’s project stage can lead to significant benefits economically and sustainably.

What is EC4S?

EC4S is an online tool that measures and compares the embodied carbon of various substructure and superstructure framing options, taking into account the whole building’s lifecycle.

Why is this EC4S tool unique?

Unlike most tools that have been developed so far, EC4S does not require any structural design input by the user. The tool has an inbuilt database of pre-designed structural framing options collated through Pell Frischmann’s projects and research. The user simply selects the building’s use and desired column grid and that will update the comparison in real time.

Why would you find this of interest?

The UK construction and property industry must adhere to the recent UK Government mandate to achieve a Net Zero Carbon by 2050. With more of an emphasis on environment and sustainability issues, company policies should oblige their supply chain to address Net Zero Carbon and make improvements.

How are EC4S results calculated?

The tool’s calculations come from combining the in-house structural design database developed by Pell Frischmann and industry established embodied carbon material databases, which then allows the tool to present the relative embodied carbon count for alternative framing solutions.

What is the goal of EC4S?

  1. Better decision-making;
  2. The tool will continuously develop. For example, our team are working to incorporate how selected materials can minimise the total embodied carbon;
  3. Industry development outside of the tool needs to continue, as the research in this field continues to yield new data that will be incorporated. Equally, modern methods of construction will emerge and be implemented too.

If you would like to access the tool, please click here.

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