Embodied Carbon Reports for Building Services Products
Elta Fans has become one of the first manufacturers in the air movement sector to offer TM65 reports which follow a methodology developed by CIBSE for calculating embodied carbon in building services products.
The TM65 Embodied Carbon calculation helps consultants, architects and specifiers obtain a fuller picture of how much carbon is being generated on new construction projects.
The initiative to supply TM65 reports for Elta’s air handling unit (AHU) and fan products is being spearheaded by Luke Temple, a Project Engineer with Elta Fans and David Millward, Group Product Manager for the Elta Group.
Temple explains: “As one of UK’s biggest manufacturers of ventilation equipment, we know we have a crucial part to play in protecting our planet. While embodied carbon is not new, up until very recently, there hasn’t been a standardised or accurate way of being able to show how much embodied carbon building services solutions generate over their lifetime.
A key benefit is it helps make it easier to compare products against each other based on how much carbon they release in their production through to end-of-life.
“Since the announcement of CIBSE’s TM65 methodology, we have worked tirelessly to take the assessment criteria and set up our own calculator. Consultants can now come to us for embodied carbon reports when they need to demonstrate these figures in plans. A key benefit is it helps make it easier to compare products against each other based on how much carbon they release in their production through to end-of-life. Ultimately, the reports will get projects from design and specification stages through to building much easier, and is another stepping stone towards Net Zero.”
Available as PDF datasheets, Elta Fans’ reports are calculated through a number of variables such as material weight and assesses the embodied carbon generated at each stage of a products’ lifecycle. This includes going from production to manufacturing, through to transportation, maintenance while in-use, and end-of-life recyclability potential.
“While stating how much embodied carbon is contained in our products is not currently a mandatory regulation, we see greater awareness amongst some of our customers and we anticipate that it will form part of future sustainability and efficiency targets,” said David. “With a wealth of data, not only are we able to assist consultants on their projects, but it also means we can build on our own manufacturing processes, helping us to design more eco-efficient solutions.”