This should be the most exciting time of the build – the foundations going down. And it is. But because of the relatively high amount of embedded energy of the steel and concrete that will be used, it’s also a time that’s causing me some anxiety.
To help compensate, I’m keeping a record of the materials (i.e. tonnage of concrete and steel) with high carbon footprints, and will use the information to set aside a carbon offset fund for the building project.
I plan offset with organisations such as Puretrust.org and Climate Care but if anyone has any other recommendations let me know. I’ll also post the carbon footprint and offset values at the end of the project.