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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN CIVIL AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING DESIGN
Edited by: B. Kumar, I.A. MacLeod, A. Retik
Information Required in the Design and Construction of Buildings
K. Beattie* and M. O'Mahony#
Civil Structural and Environmental Engineering
K. Beattie, M. O'Mahony, "Information Required in the Design and Construction of Buildings", in B. Kumar, I.A. MacLeod, A. Retik, (Editors), "Information Technology in Civil and Structural Engineering Design", Inverleith Spottiswoode, Edinburgh, UK, pp 109-113, 1996.
More and more attention is being paid to the design, construction and operation of buildings due to their contribution to the total emissions of CO2 . Energy use in buildings accounts for almost 50% of these CO2 emissions with the embodied energy of buildings contributing a further 8% per annum to total CO2 emissions. Some of the methods and conventions for calculating embodied energy are reviewed and a method proposed as suitable for the construction industry. The embodied energy of the most energy intensive materials in a building are examined and indicative values given. A database of embodied energy values for building materials is being included in a computer program that will allow the engineer to analyse intelligently the embodied energy for different building design options. A further program is being developed which will provide a method for assessing environmental issues in building construction. A case study for a low energy building is presented and compared against a conventionally designed building to show the reduction in CO2 emissions that can be achieved.
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