Glass and glazing units have an important role to play in the reduction of whole life carbon across the built environment. Façade design decisions must consider the embodied carbon impacts associated with the production, installation and replacement of façades as well as the operational carbon impacts of these choices.

Through parametric analysis of selected design variables, we explored potential ways that both manufacturers and designers can influence and reduce whole life carbon, allowing the industry to be better informed in determining their roadmaps towards decarbonisation.

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Carbon footprint of façades: significance of glass