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An Essential Guide to Assessing Carbon in Design: RICS Whole Life Carbon Standard 2023: 2nd Edition – Online

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Whole life carbon assessment (WCLA) is becoming an increasingly important way of assessing the built environment to include both embodied and operational carbon. 

Greater London is leading the way with mandatory whole life carbon assessments now part of local planning requirements for some projects. Over time, it is likely that WLCA will become a formal part of national building regulations.  

Join us for this new 2.5 hour session providing a digestible update on RICS Whole Life Carbon Standard 2023 (2nd Edition) which is set to become the world-leading standard for consistent and accurate carbon measurement in the built environment. 

                                                                                                           All imagery courtesy of RICS

Speakers and authors Simon Sturgis of Targeting Zero, Lee Leston-Jones of Cundall, Dr Qian Li of Turner & Townsend, Paul Astle of Ramboll and Clara Bagenal George of Introba will take you through the thinking and content of the 2nd Edition. 

Their talks will be followed by a panel Q&A session with all questions welcome. 

More about the updated 2nd Edition 

This recent update to the RICS’s 2017 whole life carbon assessment methodology is more comprehensive in both scope and in detail. It covers all building and infrastructure types, including new build, retrofit, housing, mixed use, and fitout.  

The revised standard brings the guidance up to date with UK climate legislation (2019, 2021) and is consistent with forthcoming EU Standards (prEN15978 etc). It also incorporates thinking from guidance such as CIBSE TM65, IStructE, LETI, RIBA and others. 

The guidance is intended to be more user-friendly and includes many more diagrams and tables. It deals with issues such as risk and contingency, translating energy use to carbon emissions, and more detail on grid decarbonisation.  

Who should attend? 

Architects, designers, and any construction professionals keen to learn about WLCA methodology. 


09.00    Welcome from The Green Register 

09.05    Overview of the RICS Whole Life Carbon Standard 2023 - Simon Sturgis, Targeting Zero 

09.25    Life Cycle Stage A - carbon emissions and removals from any activities necessary to complete the construction of the asset - Lee Leston-Jones, Cundall  

09.45    Life Cycle Stage B - carbon emissions and removals that occur over the in-use stage of the asset - Dr Qian Li, Turner & Townsend 

10.05    Life Cycle Stages C and D - ‘end-of-life’ impacts; and potential benefits and loads beyond the system boundary - Paul Astle, Ramboll 

10.25    Break 

10.35    Energy and Services - Clara Bagenal George, Introba

10.55    Panel Q&A session 

11.30    Close 


About the trainers

Simon Sturgis, Targeting Zero 

Lee Leston-Jones, Cundall

Dr Qian Li, Turner & Townsend

Paul Astle, Ramboll

Clara Bagenal George, Introba

27/02/2024 from 09:00 to 11:30
Online Training
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Member £37.50
Non-member £50.00
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