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The energy consumed in taking a material from its natural source or components to a form that is used in buildings is termed the embodied energy of that material. While a difficult concept to implement, with complexity arising in relation to durability, different life spans and maintenance requirements, the general differences may be able to be accounted for in some circumstances.

  • Timber 5MJ/kg

  • Steel 44MJ/kg

  • Aluminium 143 MJ/kg

LID Consulting is developing a capacity to undertake simple Life Cycle Assessments on comparative materials in whole of system applications. Watch this space!

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