The desire for the construction industry to move towards lifecycle carbon emissions analysis
Ng, S. Thomas, Veronika, Alin, & Skitmore, Martin (2011) The desire for the construction industry to move towards lifecycle carbon emissions analysis. In Haugbolle, Kim, Gottlieb, Stefan Christoffer, Kahkonon, Kalle E., Klakegg, Ole Jonny, Lindahl, Goran, & Widen, Kristian (Eds.) Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation - Shaping the Construction/Society Nexus, Volume 3: Construction in Society, Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University, Dr. Neergaards Vej 15, Copenhagen, Denmark , pp. 609-618.
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A significant reduction in carbon emissions is a global mission and the construction industry has an indispensable role to play as a major carbon dioxide (CO2) generator. Over the years, various building environmental assessment (BEA) models and concepts have been developed to promote environmentally responsible design and construction. However, limited attention has been placed on assessing and benchmarking the carbon emitted throughout the lifecycle of building facilities. This situation could undermine the construction industry’s potential to reduce its dependence on raw materials, recognise the negative impacts of producing new materials, and intensify the recycle and reuse process. In this paper, current BEA approaches adopted by the construction industry are first introduced. The focus of these models and concepts is then examined. Following a brief review of lifecycle analysis, the boundary in which a lifecycle carbon emission analysis should be set for a construction project is identified. The paper concludes by highlighting the potential barriers of applying lifecycle carbon emissions analysis in the construction industry. It is proposed that lifecycle carbon emission analysis can be integrated with existing BEA models to provide a more comprehensive and accurate evaluation on the cradle-to-grave environmental performance of a construction facility. In doing so, this can assist owners and clients to identify the optimum solution to maximise emissions reduction opportunities.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Carbon Dioxide, Emission, Building Environmental Assessment, Buildings Lifecycle|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Quantity Surveying (120203)|
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering|
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
|Copyright Owner:||2011 Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University|
|Deposited On:||25 Aug 2011 11:42|
|Last Modified:||04 Sep 2014 15:39|
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