Reducing embodied energy in Australian building construction

Sattary, Sattar and Thorpe, David (2011) Reducing embodied energy in Australian building construction. In: 27th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM 2011), 5-7 Sep 2011, Bristol, United Kingdom.

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Climate change and global warming are well recognised as major issues in sustainable development, with the building sector being responsible for considerable global greenhouse gas emissions. Until fairly recently, it was generally considered that the embodied energy content of a building was small relative to the operating energy over the building s lifetime. However, recent research in Australia and elsewhere has shown that the embodied energy of construction processes for houses is equivalent to 10-15 years of operating energy. Therefore, reducing embodied energy in the construction process has now come into focus as a way of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and global warming. This paper makes the case for strongly considering the embodied energy of building materials in the building life cycle, and discusses methods that take into account selection and use of building materials to decrease the embodied energy used in construction processes. The methods and techniques are illustrated by a green star environmentally rated project in Australia, which achieves efficient embodied energy usage.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © Association of Researchers in Construction Management All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any material form (including photocopying or storing in any medium by electronic means whether or not transient or incidentally to some other use of this publication) without the permission of the copyright holder.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2013 05:54
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2017 23:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: energy; environmental impact; green buildings; material management; sustainability
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1202 Building > 120202 Building Science and Techniques
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
12 Built Environment and Design > 1201 Architecture > 120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl. Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8798 Environmentally Sustainable Construction > 879899 Environmentally Sustainable Construction not elsewhere classified

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