The Australian industrial ecology virtual laboratory and multi-scale assessment of buildings and construction

Baynes, Timothy M., Crawford, Robert H., Schinabeck, Judith, Bontinck, Paul-Antoine, Stephan, André, Wiedmann, Thomas, Lenzen, Manfred, Kenway, Steven, Yu, Man, Teh, Soo Huey, Lane, Joe, Geschke, Arne, Fry, Jacob and Chen, Guangwu (2018) The Australian industrial ecology virtual laboratory and multi-scale assessment of buildings and construction. Energy and Buildings, 164 14-20. doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.12.056

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Author Baynes, Timothy M.
Crawford, Robert H.
Schinabeck, Judith
Bontinck, Paul-Antoine
Stephan, André
Wiedmann, Thomas
Lenzen, Manfred
Kenway, Steven
Yu, Man
Teh, Soo Huey
Lane, Joe
Geschke, Arne
Fry, Jacob
Chen, Guangwu
Title The Australian industrial ecology virtual laboratory and multi-scale assessment of buildings and construction
Journal name Energy and Buildings   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-7788
Publication date 2018-01-04
Year available 2018
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.12.056
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 164
Start page 14
End page 20
Total pages 7
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject 2205 Civil and Structural Engineering
2215 Building and Construction
2210 Mechanical Engineering
2208 Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Abstract As global population and urbanization increase, so do the direct and indirect environmental impacts of construction around the world. Low-impact products, buildings, precincts and cities are needed to mitigate the effects of building construction and use. Analysis of embodied energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across these scales is becoming more important to support this direction. The calculation of embodied impacts requires rigorous, flexible and comprehensive assessment tools. Firstly, we present the Australian Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory (IELab) as one such tool discussing its structure, function and wide scope of application. Secondly, we demonstrate its potential high level of resolution in a case study: assessing embodied GHG emissions in an aluminium-framed window by combining product-specific life-cycle inventory data. The input-output analysis at the core of the IELab is mathematically comprehensive in the assessment of direct and indirect impacts and the tool can be applied at a range of scales from building component, to precincts and cities, or to the entire construction industry. IELab uses a flexible formalism that enables consistent harmonisation of diverse datasets and tractable updating of input data. The emissions and energy database supporting IELab has detailed data, aligning with economic accounts and data on labour, water, materials and waste that enrich assessment across other dimensions of sustainability. IELab is a comprehensive, flexible and robust assessment tool well positioned to respond to the challenge of assessing and aiding the design of a low-impact built environment.
Keyword Building component
Embodied emissions
Embodied energy
Environmental footprint
Input-output analysis
Low-impact buildings
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID DP150100962
Institutional Status UQ

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