Even with the benefit of experience, it’s a challenge choosing environmentally preferable materials for a house. We continue our series looking at the process of building a more sustainable urban house in Hamilton by focusing on material selection.
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Using a life-cycle approach shows the carbon footprint of our built environment is much greater than is usually quoted. Including materials is important as the push to limit carbon emissions intensifies.
A lot of research and industry cooperation have gone into the Australian Life Cycle Inventory project, and the results should prove to be the basis of a sophisticated yet practical approach to materials assessment that could be applied to New Zealand.
The Forest Research Institute was recently commissioned by BRANZ to carry out an extensive life cycle analysis study of timber to assess its environmental impact from the planting of the tree until it leaves the sawmill.
Considering lifetime energy use and greenhouse gas emissions during the design phase of office buildings can help mitigate the effects of climate change. A useful new tool from BRANZ can help make this easier.
Current BRANZ research will develop ways for manufacturers to better understand the environmental impact of their products – an important consideration as building materials increasingly come under the environmental spotlight.
Cost considerations often drive choices when building a property, but thinking more broadly from project design to material specification can be worth its weight in gold.
Life cycle costing can be a very useful decision-making tool for many groups in the building industry. Here some formulas are explained and some applications described.
Life cycle assessment is used internationally to calculate potential environmental impacts of buildings during design. BRANZ research and the new Australasian EPD® Programme will help make its use here easier.
It is widely accepted that the built environment makes a significant contribution to climate change and this impact needs to be minimised, but how? BRANZ’s LCAQuick is one tool that helps design better buildings.
- Building for climate change (Build 188) (1)
- Exceeding the minimum (Build 172) (1)
- Climate action (Build 167) (2)
- Resilience (Build 159) (1)
- Climate change (Build 156) (1)
- Aiming higher (Build 147) (3)
- Commercial buildings (Build 145) (1)
- Sustainable design (Build 136) (1)
- Materials and specifications (Build 130) (1)
- Building materials (Build 117) (1)
- Building envelope (Build 114) (1)
- Life cycle costs (Build 101) (3)
- Environment (Build 74) (1)
- Life cycle costs (Build 49) (2)
- Build 188 : 1 February 2022 (1)
- Build 172 : 1 June 2019 (1)
- Build 167 : 1 August 2018 (3)
- Build 163 : 1 December 2017 (1)
- Build 159 : 1 April 2017 (1)
- Build 156 : 1 October 2016 (1)
- Build 147 : 1 April 2015 (3)
- Build 145 : 1 December 2014 (1)
- Build 144 : 1 October 2014 (2)
- Build 136 : 1 June 2013 (1)
- Build 130 : 1 June 2012 (1)
- Build 117 : 1 April 2010 (1)
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- Build 101 : 1 August 2007 (3)
- Build 74 : 1 February 2003 (1)
- Build 49 : 1 November 1998 (2)