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Volumetric construction cuts carbon emissions by up to 40%, academic study finds

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Construction using volumetric systems can produce 41-45% less CO² than traditional methods of building homes, according to a new study by academics from the University of Cambridge and Edinburgh Napier University.


The study of two residential developments delivered by Tide – The Valentine in Gants Hill and Ten Degrees in Croydon –found that 28,000 tonnes of embodied carbon emissions were saved from construction across both schemes which comprise a total of 879 homes. This is the equivalent of the CO2 absorbed by 1.3 million trees in a year and is well ahead of industry targets.

The findings show the potential of volumetric construction to radically reduce the carbon footprint associated with the UK government’s ambition to build 300,000, better quality homes.