Award for green building group



A collaborative project involving the University of Lincoln has won a major industry award for its work to find better ways of measuring the environmental impact of buildings.


Construction Emissions Community of Practice (CECoP) won the Special Project Award at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) East Midlands Awards 2008.


The organisation, which was founded in November 2007, is a voluntary and inclusive group of consultants and academics working to develop the protocols for calculating and understanding the carbon footprint of buildings.


It was initiated by Simons Design and founder members include the University of Lincoln, Davis Langdon, dcarbon8, Delta-Simons and Total Flow.


The rising profile of carbon footprinting in the building lifecycle has caught the attention of many in the UK construction industry and academic circles.


CECoP has brought together expertise from the building industry and academia in an effort to find a clear and consistent methodology to address the uncertainties in carbon footprinting of buildings. 


Now the community has been recognised by RIBA EM for the progress it has made in the past year.


Dr Behzad Sodagar, Reader in Architecture and Co-Director of the Centre for Sustainable Architecture and Environments at the University of Lincoln, was one of the founders of CECoP.


He said one of the main aims of the group was to examine all aspects of the construction process to enable designers to address carbon footprinting in a holistic way.


Dr Sodagar said: “Calculating the entire impact of the building by considering all stages of whole life carbon emissions, including the initial, annually repeating and end of life impacts gives a better representation of the scale of the impact than focusing on savings achieved by adopting a specific elemental choice.

“We established this community and it grew very quickly. We now have 60 member organisations representing different sectors of the industry. We have organised two symposia so far with one conference scheduled for 9 December 2008 to be held at the University.”


The work of CECoP is closely related to the research the University is currently conducting as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Simons Group Ltd.


Dr Sodagar added: “The aim of this KTP is to develop a methodology and IT-based tool for the assessment of the carbon footprint of buildings designed and constructed by the Simons Group, and to implement this in the processes and systems of the company.”


The RIBA EM Awards 2008 were held on Thursday 30 October at the Council Ballroom in Nottingham.