First global standard for measuring carbon footprint of buildings: ISO 16745


A new international standard created to simplify the measuring and reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing buildings will “bring a response to the expectations of all”, according to industry experts.

The International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) 16745 framework will provide a set of methods to calculate, report, communicate and verify carbon metrics for emissions arising from the measured energy use during the activity of an existing building. The simplicity of its approach means it is applicable at all scales, from cities and building portfolios to individual buildings.

Jacques Lair, chair of the ISO subcommittee that developed the standard, said: “At a time when global warming is becoming more and more evident, with its devastating effects on the entire planet, having a tool to measure the carbon footprint left by buildings is of utmost importance. ISO 16745 will bring a response to the expectations of all.”

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