02 Apr '12, 6pm

What Is Embodied Energy and Why Does It Matter?

What Is Embodied Energy and Why Does It Matter?

Laura C. Hewitt /CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Calculating the footprint of a product is a tricky business. If you think about the computer on which you are reading this article: how much energy goes into its invention, design, manufacture, distribution, usage and disposal/recycling? Let’s imagine a PC invented and designed in a studio in London, and say they are using a computer-aided-design (CAD) package like Autodesk. In this instance the designer can examine the design and materials using AMEE to get a sense of the embodied energy while they are designing. AMEE /Screen capture To cover the designer’s own efforts in the process; the primary consumption is from the UK energy grid at that moment in time as well as the usage of an office, PCs and travel. As we illustrate at http://www.realtimecarbon.org , the carbon intensity of the grid varies over the course of the day. AMEE /Screen c...

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