An evaluation of the impact of databases on end‐of‐life embodied carbon estimation

Blay‐Armah, Augustine, Bahadori-Jahromi, Ali ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0405-7146, Mylona, Anastasia, Barthorpe, Mark and Ferri, Marco (2022) An evaluation of the impact of databases on end‐of‐life embodied carbon estimation. Sustainability, 14 (4). p. 2307.

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Abstract

The growing awareness of the need to minimise greenhouse gas (GHG) and mitigate climate change has resulted in a greater focus on the embodied carbon (EC) of construction material. One way to ensure the environmental impact of building activities is minimised to a reasonable level is the calculation of their EC. Whilst there are a few studies investigating the role of embodied carbon factor (ECF) databases on the accuracy of EC calculation from cradle to gate, very little is known about the impact of different databases on the end‐of‐life (EoL) EC calculation. Using ECFs derived from the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) default values and the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) suggested percentages for different elements of a building’s lifecycle stages, this study presents the impact of different data sources on the calculation of EoL EC. The study revealed that a lack of EoL ECFs databases could result in a significant difference of about 61% and 141% in the calculation of EC.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.3390/su14042307
Keywords: embodied carbon; embodied carbon factor databases; end of life; life cycle assessment; recycling
Subjects: Construction and engineering > Civil and environmental engineering
Construction and engineering
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Depositing User: Ali Bahadori-Jahromi
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2022 11:23
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2022 10:31
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/8788

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