Promise of Buildings Yet to Come

Living in the material world:
it’s time to be upfront about
embodied carbon and material availability


billion tonnes of carbon emissions annually are attributable to building materials and construction…

…in a world where the building stock is expected to double by 2060…

…and upfront or embodied carbon is expected to account for half of the entire carbon footprint of new buildings between now and 2050.

Advancing the
carbon conversation

As buildings start to decarbonise through energy-efficiency and

renewable energy, the focus will shift from operational carbon – such as heat

and light – to the growing priority of embodied carbon.

Innovative solutions to
lower embodied carbon

Thinner & Lighter

Insulation materials can reduce a building’s structural and ancillary product requirements, leading to embodied carbon and materials savings.

Designed for disassembly

Our insulated panel systems are designed for ease of assembly and critically, disassembly, enabling their reuse or recyclability at deconstruction.

Sustainability Innovating

25% less embodied carbon

Low Carbon Insulated Panels

In 2021 the team at our IKON Global Innovation Centre, working with our supply partners, developed a low carbon insulated panel. It has 25% less embodied carbon than a standard insulated panel and upwards of 45% recycled content.

This initial development is focussed on the steel element of the insulated panel but we have several exciting R&D projects ongoing which focus on the embodied carbon and renewable elements of the insulation core.

Saving of c.1,100 tonnes of CO2e

In a 100k m2 industrial building, this would equate to a saving of over 1,100 tonnes1 of embodied CO2e in the building envelope alone.

1 Comparison between insulated roof and wall panels with 100mm thickness and 10metre panel length in building height


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