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Global standard for reporting of carbon emissions in buildings published

01 December 2021

Launch of the International Cost Management Standard (ICMS3) universal standard for the reporting of carbon emissions resulting from the construction and lifecycle of facilities has been announced.

It has been published by the Coalition and Construction Industry Council, which consists of a group of international construction experts and is claimed to be the first of its kind.

Providing methodology to assess the carbon emissions from the lifecycle of any facility will deliver valuable support for FMs and service providers in measuring and justifying their efforts to support the UK's drive to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

In addition to the emissions from the building, the new standard also takes into account the embodied carbon resulting from the creation of new roads, schools, offices, housing or rail infrastructure.

Publication of ICMS3 represents an important step for the global construction, infrastructure and FM sectors to work towards net zero in a cohesive manner.

Current estimates state that the construction of new facilities and infrastructure accounts for 40% of the world's carbon emissions, emphasising the need to reduce this figure.

The timing of the launch has also been described as ideal, following on from last month's COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow last month.

Further endorsement of ICMS3 has been provided by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which plans to include the global methodology into its construction members' guidance.

ICMS Coalition and Construction industry Council chair Justin Sullivan described the launch as "a beacon of how collaboration works".

"We have 49 international public health benefit bodies that have together created world class standards in the construction and infrastructure sectors.

"When it comes to international standards for costs, lifecycle and carbon in construction, we are the only show in town, true pioneers," said Mr Sullivan.

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