What Colour is your Building?
Measuring and reducing the energy and carbon footprint

What Colour is your Building Measuring and reducing the energy and carbon footprint

Already garnering high-praise from luminaries within the construction and architecture industries, ‘What Colour is your Building?’ is an essential title for all those interested in determining and responding to the true costs of a building’s carbon footprint.

The result of many years’ analysis and design of low-energy buildings, it comes in two sections. In the first, author David Clark focuses on how to measure and benchmark the CO2 emissions caused by the operating, embodied and transport energy consumption associated with commercial buildings and the people that use them. He proposes a simple whole carbon footprint methodology which can be used to put into context: 

  • Real (not theoretical) energy consumption
  • Embodied carbon (new build and refurbish vs demolish)
  • The significant impact the location of a building has on the CO2 emissions of people travelling to work.

The second part of the book provides clear, practical guidance to developers, planners, architects, engineers, building owners, facility managers, and tenants on how to reduce the whole carbon footprint. This includes:

  • 10 steps to low energy buildings
  • The contribution that renewable energy can realistically make
  • The use of lower carbon materials in construction, refurbishment and fit-out
  • How to encourage greener methods of travel. 

An overview of the ingredients to include in a business case to justify investment in low energy/carbon buildings is also provided.