Development of a carbon emission calculations system for optimizing building plan based on the LCA framework

Fu, F., Luo, H., Zhong, H. ORCID: 0000-0001-9604-4523 and Hill, A., 2014. Development of a carbon emission calculations system for optimizing building plan based on the LCA framework. Mathematical Problems in Engineering, 2014, p. 653849. ISSN 1024-123X

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Life cycle thinking has become widely applied in the assessment for building environmental performance. Various tool are developed to support the application of life cycle assessment (LCA) method. This paper focuses on the carbon emission during the building construction stage. A partial LCA framework is established to assess the carbon emission in this phase. Furthermore, five typical LCA tools programs have been compared and analyzed for demonstrating the current application of LCA tools and their limitations in the building construction stage. Based on the analysis of existing tools and sustainability demands in building, a new computer calculation system has been developed to calculate the carbon emission for optimizing the sustainability during the construction stage. The system structure and detail functions are described in this paper. Finally, a case study is analyzed to demonstrate the designed LCA framework and system functions. This case is based on a typical building in UK with different plans of masonry wall and timber frame to make a comparison. The final results disclose that a timber frame wall has less embodied carbon emission than a similar masonry structure. 16% reduction was found in this study.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Creators: Fu, F., Luo, H., Zhong, H. and Hill, A.
Publisher: Hindawi
Date: 11 June 2014
Volume: 2014
ISSN: 1024-123X
653849Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: Copyright © 2014 Feifei Fu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 10 Jan 2018 10:43
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2018 10:43

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