Structures are a necessary part of the societal landscape and impact the environment through energy and raw material consumption, waste generation, and greenhouse gas emission. The bulk of the environmental impact comes from the use and maintenance of buildings but the design and construction process can greatly ameliorate the first and some of the lifecycle impacts. In this session we will review the (A) initial analysis (design) and (C) construction process as it impacts the lifecycle carbon footprint of the (B) building, though whole-building innovative design, rational maintenance and usage, as well as sensitive lean construction practices. Sustainability is a new building industry paradigm involving, the design profession, building owners and users as well as the constructors.
Author(s): Peter Furst, Liberty GroupRead more: The ABC of Sustainability - The Carbon Footprint of Buildings from Design through Use