Embodied Energy

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A calculation of all the energy that is used to produce a material or product including mining, manufacture and transport.

The total energy consumed in the production of goods or services, particularly in the construction of buildings. The name is derived from the notion that the energy has been incorporated, or “embodied,” in the product itself.

Embodied Energy is a useful concept for measuring the efficiency, environmental cost, and long-term value of a building, product, or service.

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Embodied Energy and Carbon briefing sheet
Designing Buildings: Embodied energy in construction