Why we choose Green building materials

Environmental impact categories:

Whereas the big picture of environmental damage is still some way from being realised, progress is being made at the individual manufacture scale. Industrial processes are being analysed and inventories built up to measure a wide variety of environmental impacts. Categorising the range of impacts has generally resolved into definitions commonly employed by Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs): 

Quantifying the overall environmental impact of construction is complex and currently unaccounted for, but some salient figures provide a lead:

• The construction sector worldwide currently accounts for more than 11% of global GDP (PwC, 2011)
• Construction accounts for around 40% of the total flow of raw materials into the global economy
• Construction in the UK accounts for around 90% of all non-fuel mineral use
• The UK's building stock accounts for 50% of CO2 emissions, construction adds another 7%

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