In the Scale of Carbon preview Brad Turner. June 28, 2013.
As a measure of sustainability, buildings, materials and processes are commonly judged by the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) they produce. But, by its nature, quantities of this colourless gas remain frustratingly intangible.
In the Scale of Carbon aims to bring carbon dioxide emissions out of the abstract by physically representing the quantity of various architectural materials that can be produced for one tonne of CO2 emissions.
A concept devised by independent material consultants Materials Council, using data verified by Dr Craig Jones, the leading authority on embodied carbon, and designed in collaboration with London-based Raw Architecture Workshop.
In the Scale of Carbon will take place between September 19 – 22 at Super Brands London during London Design Festival 2013.
About Materials Council
The London-based Materials Council are exhibition curators and independent materials consultants to the architecture and creative industries.
We are the specialists in the research, comparison and selection of materials for architectural applications. Materials Council caters to creatives and manufacturers by supporting the architectural design process and informing the communication, implementation and development of architectural materials and new technologies.
It was established in 2012 by Ian Hunter and Brad Turner, former materials researchers at Foster + Partners architects, and founding partner Architonic.
With a carefully considered showcase of over 120,000 premium design products and materials, Architonic is the number-one online community for architects, designers, home-owners and design enthusiasts. 16 million visitors a year choose Architonic as their guide to the very best of current design.
Based in Zurich, Architonic AG is an internationally based team of architects, designers, IT experts and marketing professionals. Our key aim is to generate up-to-the-minute and relevant expert information and knowledge, and to distribute this across the Architonic community of architects, designers, researchers, manufacturers and retailers.
About Raw Architecture Workshop
Raw Architecture Workshop was founded by Graeme Laughlan in London, 2010. Graeme spent the previous six years in Norman Foster’s London office where he was associate partner responsible for several major UK and international projects and competitions.
RAW continues to develop the core values instilled at Foster+Partners. Rigour, determination, ambition, entrepreneurialism, common sense, high production standards and the desire to stretch ourselves beyond the brief and the expectations of the client. The studio does not pursue any particular theories or styles through the work, but instead the focus is on solving problems and designing great buildings to work specifically for each client. Function definitely comes first.
About Dr Craig Jones
Dr Craig Jones is considered as one of the leading figures on embodied carbon assessment (carbon footprinting). Craig previously worked at the University of Bath where he created the embodied energy and carbon database for building materials, known as the ICE database, and which has been used by over 12,000 people around the world.
Craig wrote the first book dedicated to embodied carbon in construction and has published many academic texts on Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and carbon footprinting. Craig continues to push the boundaries of knowledge and innovation in the world of carbon footprinting and LCA.
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