EMBODIED ENERGY + LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENTS
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.
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!