Carbon emission modeling for green building: A comprehensive study of methodologies

K. Y.G. Kwok, C. Statz, Wai K.Oswald Chong

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10 Scopus citations

Abstract

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claimed that greenhouse gases generate impact large enough to change global climate. Some industries are beginning to reduce carbon emissions from their designs and manufacturing processes in order to comply with IPCC recommendations around the world. According to statistics, the construction industry generates the greatest environmental impacts among all the other industries. Green building designs and standards are developed to improve building operation energy and embodied energy efficiencies, and minimize energy and wastes. The most common approach for green building certifications is to rate the compliance of each green building standard through a point rating system. No green building system has yet correlated its rating to the level of "greenness" of buildings. The level of certification does not reflect corresponding reduction in environmental impact and carbon emission. This paper establishes the framework to correlate green building standards with equivalent carbon emissions by, first, reviews the criteria of direct and indirect carbon emission measurement, second, identifies the focal point of carbon emission modeling, and finally, identifies the variables for carbon emission modeling of buildings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICSDC 2011
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Sustainability Practices in the Construction Industry - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction 2011
Pages9-17
Number of pages9
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 12 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction 2011: Integrating Sustainability Practices in the Construction Industry, ICSDC 2011 - Kansas City, MO, United States
Duration: Mar 23 2011Mar 25 2011

Publication series

NameICSDC 2011: Integrating Sustainability Practices in the Construction Industry - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction 2011

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction 2011: Integrating Sustainability Practices in the Construction Industry, ICSDC 2011
CountryUnited States
CityKansas City, MO
Period3/23/113/25/11

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Keywords

  • Emissions
  • Green buildings
  • Sustainable development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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Kwok, K. Y. G., Statz, C., & Chong, W. K. O. (2012). Carbon emission modeling for green building: A comprehensive study of methodologies. In ICSDC 2011: Integrating Sustainability Practices in the Construction Industry - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction 2011 (pp. 9-17). (ICSDC 2011: Integrating Sustainability Practices in the Construction Industry - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Design and Construction 2011). https://doi.org/10.1061/41204(426)2