Renewable versus non-renewable building fabric: A comparative study on the effect of material choice on the embodied energy and global warming potential of low energy dwellings

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McInerny, Minka and Tucker, Simon 2012. Renewable versus non-renewable building fabric: A comparative study on the effect of material choice on the embodied energy and global warming potential of low energy dwellings. in: Proceedings of Advances in Computing and Technology London University of East London, School of Architecture Computing and Engineering.
AuthorsMcInerny, Minka and Tucker, Simon
Abstract

The built environment causes damaging environmental impacts through processes such as material extraction, manufacture, transport, construction, maintenance, demolition and disposal, and the operational energy of buildings. Building and fabric design is driven by statutory requirements to conserve operational energy in response to climate change mitigation. Very low energy in use building standards such as Passive House have been developed and these standards require careful and rigorous design incorporating heavily insulated fabric, solar heat gains, heat recovery, and non conventional heat distribution systems.
This paper examines how material choice can contribute to overall thermal performance and also potentially sequester carbon within the building fabric which in turn might offset operational energy emissions. A house is modelled with two different specifications of fabric design, both achieving the Passive House standard. The implications of material choices on energy in use and the Embodied Energy and Global Warming Potential (both positive and negative) are explored.

KeywordsE-learning; Web
Book titleProceedings of Advances in Computing and Technology
Year2012
PublisherUniversity of East London, School of Architecture Computing and Engineering
Publication dates
Print19 Jan 2012
Publication process dates
Deposited12 Jul 2013
Place of publicationLondon
EventAdvances in Computing and Technology 2012
JournalAdvances in Computing & Technology
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-ND
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