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

Crawford,Robert H, Czerniakowski,Isabella and Fuller,RJ 2010, A comprehensive framework for assessing the life-cycle energy of building construction assemblies, Architectural science review, vol. 53, no. 3, pp. 288-296, doi: 10.3763/asre.2010.0020.

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Title A comprehensive framework for assessing the life-cycle energy of building construction assemblies
Author(s) Crawford,Robert H
Journal name Architectural science review
Volume number 53
Issue number 3
Start page 288
End page 296
Total pages 10
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0003-8628
Keyword(s) Built environment
Construction assemblies
Life-cycle assessment
Arts & Humanities
Summary Building environmental design typically focuses on improvements to operational efficiencies such as building thermal performance and system efficiency. Often the impacts occurring across the other stages of a building's life are not considered or are seen as insignificant in comparison. However, previous research shows that embodied impacts can be just as important. There is 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. It is also important to ensure 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 article presents the initial findings of a project that aims to establish a database of life cycle energy requirements for a broad range of construction assemblies, based on a comprehensive assessment framework. Life cycle energy requirements have been calculated for eight residential construction assemblies integrating an innovative embodied energy assessment technique with thermal performance modelling and ranked according to their performance. © #2010 Earthscan ISSN: 0003-8628.
Language eng
DOI 10.3763/asre.2010.0020
Field of Research 120303 Design Management and Studio and Professional Practice
Socio Economic Objective 879899 Environmentally Sustainable Construction not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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