Journal article

Improving the uptake of hybrid life cycle assessment in the construction industry

RH Crawford, PA Bontinck, A Stephan, M Hajdu, E Skibniewski

Procedia Engineering | Elsevier | Published : 2017

Abstract

With building-related greenhouse gas emissions(GHGE) having more than doubled since 1970, they represent one of the largest and most attractive opportunities for climate change mitigation. However, current focus has mainly been on reducing operational GHGE leaving building embodied GHGE (i.e. the GHG emissions associated with the extraction, manufacture and transportation of materials, and the building construction process itself) largely ignored. These embodied emissions have been estimated to represent between 10% to 97% of a buildings total life cycle GHGE. It is thus critical that decision-making in relation to buildings is based on a life cycle perspective. One of the main barriers to t..

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