Assessment of the environmental impacts, energy performance and economic aspects of various construction materials

Mohsen Bayat Pour, Mohammed Labib Elsayed

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Increasing CO₂ emission is considered as the main reason for global warming in the world. One of the reasons for producing CO₂ is using of fossil-based materials in the construction projects. This study intends to assess the using bio-based materials instead of fossil-based materials for the thermal insulation layer of the external walls and roofs. Another focus of this project is using green concrete instead of normal concrete to save at least 30 % CO₂ emission for the foundation. The next objective of this project is applying the rectangular pre-insulated air ducting system instead of the normal steel galvanised spiral ducting system to improve the environmental impact of the HVAC system.
The study is based on a residential building having a timber structure and using concrete elements for the ground floor and foundation. The built area is 3572 m² in 7 floors and the project is located in Karlskrona, Sweden.
This study was performed in different sequenced steps of the quantities survey, selection of the materials, energy analysis, environmental assessment, economic analysis and future climate analysis. Selection of the materials was conducted based on the mechanical and technical properties that are matched with the BBR 26 and design’s requirements. Based on the selected materials, 30 scenarios were defined and the energy simulation was performed by IDA ICE for each scenario separately. After that, the primary energy need of the project was calculated based on BBR 26 for each scenario. To investigate the environmental impacts, the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) was performed by OpenLCA and excel files. The next step was assessing the economical aspect by the Life Cycle Costing (LCC) method. Then, by applying the Single-Point Rate (SPR) calculation, the best scenario was selected regarding the integration of primary energy number (EPpet), LCA and LCC. Finally, the future climate analysis was carried out for the selected scenario to investigate the reliability of the selected scenario based on the future weather condition between 2070 and 2099.
According to the results, the scenario which includes the bio-based material (wood fiber) for the insulation, green concrete for the foundation and rectangular pre-insulated duct for the air duct system was selected as the optimum scenario. This result was based on the equal weighting factor for the EPpet, LCA and LCC. In fact, this scenario demonstrated almost 15 % lower environmental impact than the scenario which is used fossil-based materials such as glass or mineral wool. On the other hand, if the economical aspect of the project is more important than the environmental aspect, the scenario with the fossil-based materials should be applied. The future climate analysis illustrated that the heating energy demand of project will be decreased during the next 50 years, while the cooling energy demand will be increased twice. Therefore, the suitable infrastructure is expected for this project to be able to support the cooling energy demand of the building in the future. Also, the CO₂ emission due to energy use of the project is almost 14 % higher from 2070 to 2099. It is basically, because of increasing the cooling energy demand in this time period.
Tilldelande institution
  • Avdelningen för Energi och byggnadsdesign
  • Nik, Vahid, handledare
  • Farsäter, Karin, Biträdande handledare
StatusPublished - 2020 juni 6

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