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A comprehensive framework for assessing the life cycle energy of building construction assemblies

Crawford, Robert, Czerniakowski, Isabella and Fuller, Robert 2009, A comprehensive framework for assessing the life cycle energy of building construction assemblies, in ANZAScA 2009 : Performative ecologies in the built environment | Sustainable research across disciplines : Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, University of Tasmania, ANZAScA, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 1-8.

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Title A comprehensive framework for assessing the life cycle energy of building construction assemblies
Author(s) Crawford, Robert
Czerniakowski, Isabella
Fuller, Robert
Conference name Conference of A.N.Z.A.Sc.A. (43rd : 2009 : Launceston, Tasmania)
Conference location Launceston, Tasmania
Conference dates 25-27 November 2009
Title of proceedings ANZAScA 2009 : Performative ecologies in the built environment | Sustainable research across disciplines : Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association, University of Tasmania
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series Australia and New Zealand Architectural Science Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher ANZAScA
Place of publication Launceston, Tasmania
Keyword(s) built environment
energy
life cycle assessment
construction assemblies
Summary Environmental decision making during the building design process has typically focused on improvements to operational efficiencies. Improvements to thermal performance and efficiency of appliances and systems within buildings both aim to reduce resource consumption and environmental impacts associated with the operation of buildings. Significant reductions in building energy and water consumption are possible; however often the impacts occurring across the other stages of a building‘s life are not considered or are seen as insignificant in comparison.

Previous research shows that embodied impacts (raw material extraction, processing, manufacture, transportation and construction) can be as significant as those related to building operation. There is, however, limited consistent and comprehensive information available for building designers to make informed decisions in this area. Often the information that is available is from disparate sources, which makes comparison of alternative solutions unreliable and risky. lt is also important that decisions are made from a life cycle perspective, ensuring that strategies to reduce environmental impacts from one life cycle stage do not come at the expense of an increase in overall life cycle impacts

A consistent and comprehensive framework for assessing and specifying building assemblies for enhanced environmental outcomes does not currently exist. This paper presents the initial findings of a project that aims to establish a database of the life cycle energy requirements of a broad range of construction assemblies, based on a comprehensive assessment framework. Life cycle energy requirements have been calculated for eight standard residential construction assemblies integrating an innovative embodied energy assessment technique with thermal performance simulation modelling and ranked according to their performance.
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This paper has also been published in the Architectural Science Review, v.53, n.3, 2010., pages 288-296. http://dx.doi.org/10.3763/asre.2010.0020
ISBN 9781862955479
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 850799 Energy Conservation and Efficiency not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2009, ANZAScA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021256

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