Thesis / Dissertation

Assessment of life cycle embodied energy and material cost in Australian shopping centres: Implications for material selection

Kumudu Kaushalya Weththasinghe, Valerie Francis (ed.)

Published : 2020

Abstract

Shopping centres are the fastest-growing retail space in Australia driven principally by population growth and urban sprawl. A shopping centre undergoes frequent renovations and refurbishments during its life cycle for several reasons. These can include the need to increase foot traffic, improve sales and fixed term leasing periods of retail spaces. The refurbishment frequency of retail shops in shopping centres is exceptional compared to other commercial property assets, with refurbishments every 2 to 10 years. Consequently, building materials in shopping centres experience premature replacements due to economic, functional and social obsolescence. This overexploitation of resources ultimat..

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