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BSI guidance to help reduce carbon emissions updated

The revision of BS 7543:2003 Guide to durability of buildings and building elements, products and components provides users with a set of default values for service life data.

According to BSI, the prediction of the durability of buildings and their component parts is essential to government policy to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

The revision takes into account the emerging CEN/TC/350 European suite of standards for the sustainability of construction works, which set out frameworks and calculation methodologies.

The environmental and economic aspects of sustainability rely on service life data and while there is strong international standard guidance on the framework of service life planning (ISO 15686), BSI says data to carry out lifecycle cost and embodied carbon calculations is lacking.

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