Journal article

Building service life and its effect on the life cycle embodied energy of buildings

A Rauf, RH Crawford

Energy | Elsevier | Published : 2015


The building sector is responsible for significant energy demands. An understanding of where this occurs across the building life cycle is critical for optimal targeting of energy reduction efforts. The energy embodied in a building can be significant, yet is not well understood, especially the on-going 'recurrent' embodied energy associated with material replacement and building refurbishment. A key factor affecting this 'recurrent' embodied energy is a building's service life. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the service life and the life cycle embodied energy of buildings. The embodied energy of a detached residential building was calculated for a building..

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