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Measuring embodied carbon dioxide equivalent of buildings: A review and critique of current industry practice

De Wolf, Catherine; Pomponi, Francesco and Moncaster, Alice (2017). Measuring embodied carbon dioxide equivalent of buildings: A review and critique of current industry practice. Energy and Buildings, 140 pp. 68–80.

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DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.01.075
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Abstract

Lowering the embodied carbon dioxide equivalent (embodied CO2e) of buildings is an essential response to national and global targets for carbon reduction. Globally, construction industry is developing tools, databases and practices for measuring embodied CO2e in buildings and recommending routes to reduction. While the TC350 developed standardized methods for the assessment of sustainability aspects in construction works and Environmental Product Declarations, there is no consensus on how this should be carried out in practice. This paper evaluates the current construction industry practice through a review of both academic and professional literature, and through focus groups and interviews with industry experts in the field. Incentives in the available building codes, standards, and benchmarks are also analysed, as are the existing methodologies, tools and datasets. The multiple data sources are used to identify the barriers to the effective measurement and reduction of embodied CO2e in practice. This paper recommends that Governments mandate for improved data quality and support the development of a transparent and simplified methodology.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISSN: 0378-7788
Keywords: embodied carbon dioxide equivalent; construction sector; greenhouse gas emissions; industry practice
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 49683
Depositing User: Alice Moncaster
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 13:14
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 10:07
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/49683
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