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Life Cycle Energy and Carbon Analysis of Commercial and Residential Buildings in India

Paper Topic: 
Life cycle analysis (LCA)

Pages :
134 - 140

Corresponing Author: 
P. Porchelvan
K. Ayeratharasu Rajasekharan, P. Porchelvan
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Throughout the various stages of the life cycle of a building, a significant amount of CO2 is released into the atmosphere: in the production of goods and materials, the construction of the building itself, the preparation of the site, the exploitation, the repairs, the subsequent rehabilitations, and finally the final demolition. By judiciously selecting renewable building materials, it is possible to cut embodied energy in building materials by up to 55% and CO2 emissions by up to 43% during the construction process, according to the findings of this study. The study's aim is to find how much CO2 emissions and embodied energy may be reduced over the course of a building's life cycle by using the technique outlined in the article on material selection. This material selection, as well as the bioclimatic features, must be established from the onset of design. This research was undertaken as a case study on an existing high-rise residential structure in India, which was constructed in a conventional manner without the use of any unique materials. The construction is equivalent to a hypothetical structure with the same qualities but manufactured from renewable materials.

Embodied Energy, Building Materials, Renewable, CO2 emissions