Carbon dioxide reduction in the building life cycle: a critical review

Ng, S. Thomas, Wong, James M. W., Skitmore, Steven and Alin, Veronika (2012) Carbon dioxide reduction in the building life cycle: a critical review. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability, 165 4: 281-292. doi:10.1680/ensu.11.00005

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Author Ng, S. Thomas
Wong, James M. W.
Skitmore, Steven
Alin, Veronika
Title Carbon dioxide reduction in the building life cycle: a critical review
Journal name Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-4629
1751-7680
Publication date 2012-12
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1680/ensu.11.00005
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 165
Issue 4
Start page 281
End page 292
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher I C E Publishing
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The construction industry is known to be a major contributor to environmental pressures due to its high energy consumption and carbon dioxide generation. The growing amount of carbon dioxide emissions over buildings’ life cycles has prompted academics and professionals to initiate various studies relating to this problem. Researchers have been exploring carbon dioxide reduction methods for each phase of the building life cycle – from planning and design, materials production, materials distribution and construction process, maintenance and renovation, deconstruction and disposal, to the material reuse and recycle phase. This paper aims to present the state of the art in carbon dioxide reduction studies relating to the construction industry. Studies of carbon dioxide reduction throughout the building life cycle are reviewed and discussed, including those relating to green building design, innovative low carbon dioxide materials, green construction methods, energy efficiency schemes, life cycle energy analysis, construction waste management, reuse and recycling of materials and the cradle-to-cradle concept. The review provides building practitioners and researchers with a better understanding of carbon dioxide reduction potential and approaches worldwide. Opportunities for carbon dioxide reduction can thereby be maximised over the building life cycle by creating environmentally benign designs and using low carbon dioxide materials.
Keyword Recycling & reuse of materials
Service life
Sustainability
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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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