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Whole Life Carbon

Whole Life Carbon (WLC) is an emerging methodology in built environment consultancy. The functional objective of WLC is to quantify the through-life carbon emissions of all facets of the built environment, as to determine and pick design solutions that have the lowest embodied and operational emissions. WLC replaces the standard practice of focusing only on operational emissions of the scheme, making it a concrete step towards achieving true net-zero in the construction industry.


IMPACT compliant software allow for measurement of the embodied carbon, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) performance of schemes.


The UK-GBC and OneClick LCA have partnered to launch Planetary, a free tool that helps calculate and benchmark embodied carbon impacts and material efficiency of building designs.

London and WLC

Check out the latest consultation draft and discussion on the Whole Life Carbon component of the London Plan.

COP26 - What needs to be done

Learn about the upcoming global conference on Climate Change, hosted by the United Kingdom. COP26 details the future of global response towards climate change, as well as the role of net zero principles in our future.

IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit

What are the practical steps towards achieving net zero? Watch the IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit.


BRE has launched NABERS in the UK, the renowned methodology that measures and bridges the performance gap in building energy use, an essential step towards whole life carbon reduction.

WLC One-Pager by LETI

Learn the fundamentals of WLC with this one-page guidance publication from the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI).

LETI Embodied Carbon Primer

Learn more about Embodied Carbon and how project teams can deliver on ambitious embodied carbon reductions.

Climate Change and Energy

Explore the UK government’s official portal for latest communication and publications on climate change, energy policy, and net zero.

RICS Whole Life Carbon Assessment

The 1st Edition to RICS WLCA mandates a whole life approach to reducing carbon emissions within the built environment. The document offers interpretation and implementation of EN 15978 methodology.

Circular Economy

Circular Economy is essential to enabling net-zero in the built environment. Learn more about the latest developments in Circular Economy component of the London Plan.

Case Studies

Explore the UK-GBC library of case studies for ambitious built environment projects – WLC, net zero, climate change, and more.

Verifying net zero in buildings

The UK Green Building Council is providing a verification process (based on third-party audits) on a transparent template basis. Learn more about how design teams can ensure their scheme will be verified in the future.

'Advancing Net Zero'

To help achieve the UK’s net zero emissions target, UK-GBC is leading the transition to a net zero carbon built environment.

London city for whole life carbon website

The WLC Methodology: BS EN 15978:2011

The BS EN 15978:2011 is the current UK standard for conducing Whole Life Carbon assessments. The document includes key guidance, procedures, and calculations for the assessment of environmental performance of construction projects. 

Emerging WLC Templates

Whole Life Carbon is being rapidly adopted across the UK’s construction industry. Explore the key evidence templates being applied into practice today.

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Whole Life Carbon is a platform for the entire construction industry, in the UK and abroad. We keep track of the latest publications, debates, and events pertaining to whole life guidance and net zero. Please get in touch if you have any enquiries or opinions to share.