The Embodied Ecological Impacts Knowledge Hub tracks and maps supply chains of several materials key to design and construction of the built environment – including sand, timber, metals and ores –  and how they are impacting precious ecosystems, biodiversity, and natural environments around the world.

UKGBC’s Knowledge Hub reveals the extent to which the UK’s built environment remains deeply reliant on ecologically destructive and socially hazardous processes for many of its most common materials.

The industry-leading resource is the first output of UKGBC’s Embodied Ecological Impacts (EEI) Task Group, convened earlier this year, which aims to mainstream a more holistic approach to understanding, measuring, and reducing the built environment supply chains’ impact on nature and biodiversity.

Similar to embodied carbon, which has become a consensus metric used across the industry as a critical measurement for enacting the ‘whole life carbon’ approach critical to reaching net zero, the EEI Task Group is working to develop and mainstream more effective tools like Embodied Ecological Impacts for transforming how the built environment is designed, constructed, and used to halt and reverse nature’s global decline. The Knowledge Hub is the first step in building greater awareness of EEI across industry.