Constructing the Carbon Cube for LFA2010

23.06.10

As part of this year's London Festival of Architecture, KLH UK has joined with Ramboll and Kier to help  raise awareness of carbon emissions and ask people to commit to reducing their carbon footprint.

The Carbon Cube designed by Ramboll and constructed from KLH cross-laminated timber has been created to represent the volume of timber (if a solid block) required to sequester the annual CO2 output of an average UK citizen.

The Cube, as a solid block, at 2.4m x 2.4m x 2.4m would store the equivalent of 10 tonnes of CO2, this is roughly the amount of CO2 emitted by the average UK citizen (figures based on a 2006 study by the Carbon Trust).

People attending the LFA events at the Building Centre can visit the Cube and make a pledge to lower their carbon footprint, and decorate a pledge cube to commemorate their commitment.

The construction of the Cube began on Wednesday 23rd June, with the timber arriving at the Building Centre in the afternoon and our erection team from Buckle & Goldsmith, worked all afternoon (including through the England qualifier match!) and Thursday morning to ensure the Cube, benches and stools were constructed for the opening party on Friday evening.  Thank you to Simon and Tommy for all their hard work and sorry about missing the match!

For more information on the Carbon Cube download the information sheets below, or to view more images of the construction visit our Flickr page - Carbon Cube Construction