Estimating the increasing cost of commercial buildings in Australia due to greenhouse emissions trading

Clark, David, Treloar, Graham and Blair, Ross 2003, Estimating the increasing cost of commercial buildings in Australia due to greenhouse emissions trading, in The CIB 2003 International Conference on smart and sustainable built environment (SABSE2003) 19-21 November 2003, Brisbane, Australia : conference proceedings, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld., pp. 1-8.

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Title Estimating the increasing cost of commercial buildings in Australia due to greenhouse emissions trading
Author(s) Clark, David
Treloar, Graham
Blair, Ross
Conference name International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environment (2003 : Brisbane, Qld.)
Conference location Brisbane, Qld.
Conference dates 19 - 21 Nov. 2003
Title of proceedings The CIB 2003 International Conference on smart and sustainable built environment (SABSE2003) 19-21 November 2003, Brisbane, Australia : conference proceedings
Editor(s) Yang, Jay
Brandon, P. S.
Sidwell, A. C.
Publication date 2003
Conference series International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Built Environment
Start page 1
End page 8
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Summary The ratification of the Kyoto Protocol by most industrial nations will result in an international greenhouse emissions trading market by or before 2008. Calculating the quantity of embodied energy in commercial buildings has therefore taken on added significance because it is in the creation of energy that most greenhouse gas that causes global warming is released. For energy efficient commercial buildings in Australia, the embodied energy can typically represent between 10 and 20 years of operational energy. When greenhouse emissions trading is introduced in Australia the cost of energy will rise significantly, particularly electricity which relies primarily on burning fossil fuels for generation. This will affect not only the operating energy costs of buildings (light, power & heating/cooling) but also the cost of building materials and construction. Early estimates of the potential cost of future greenhouse emission permits in Australia vary between $IO/tonne to $180Itonne. This cost would be imposed primarily on the producers of energy and passed on by them to consumers via higher energy costs. For a typical commercial building this could lead to an increase in the total procurement cost of buildings of up to 20% due to the energy embodied during the construction or refurbishment of the building. To assist in evaluating these potential cost increases McKean & Park, Sinclair Knight Merz and Deakin University have developed a web-based Carbon Cost Calculator for commercial buildings.
ISBN 1741070414
9781741070415
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009596

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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