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Carbon metrics for buildings and cities

Collection launched: 17 May 2020

Carbon metrics for buildings and cities: Assessing and controlling GHG-emissions across scales

This special issue examines what approaches can be used to create appropriate carbon metrics for the built environment and what format(s) those could take. This helps to create a common understanding for the identification and assessment of GHG emissions in the context of the different scales of the built environment (city, neighbourhood, existing and new buildings) considering embodied and operational emissions.

Carbon metrics can:

  • - provide an impetus for national and city public policies, regulations, targets, incentives etc and to monitor those policies and strategies for their efficacy
  • - improve the decision-making processes for the delivery and operation of the built environment at different scales: city, neighbourhood and building levels
  • - provide clarity to a wide range of stakeholders by providing clear metrics, targets and systems of measurement that are exchangeable between different actors
  • - create transparency for different circumstances and contexts
  • - ensure consistency in both data and units of measurement

This special issue considers the scientific basis for this challenge. What processes do we use to discuss and evaluate the efforts to change or maintain the built environment?

Guest editor:
Thomas Lützkendorf (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)