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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(9), 902; doi:10.3390/ijerph13090902

Estimating the Additional Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Korea: Focused on Demolition of Asbestos Containing Materials in Building

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2350 Hayward St., G.G. Brown Building, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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School of Architecture, Civil, Environmental and Energy Engineering, Kyungpook National University, 80 Daehak-ro, Buk-gu, Daegu 41566, Korea
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Department of Architecture, Daegu Technical University, 205 Songhyen-ro, Dalseo-gu, Daegu 42734, Korea
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Department of Fire Protection Engineering, Pukyong National University, 45 Yongso-ro, Nam-gu, Busan 48513, Korea
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Academic Editor: Derek Clements-Croome
Received: 2 June 2016 / Revised: 6 September 2016 / Accepted: 7 September 2016 / Published: 12 September 2016
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Abstract

When asbestos containing materials (ACM) must be removed from the building before demolition, additional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are generated. However, precedent studies have not considered the removal of ACM from the building. The present study aimed to develop a model for estimating GHG emissions created by the ACM removal processes, specifically the removal of asbestos cement slates (ACS). The second objective was to use the new model to predict the total GHG emission produced by ACM removal in the entire country of Korea. First, an input-equipment inventory was established for each step of the ACS removal process. Second, an energy consumption database for each equipment type was established. Third, the total GHG emission contributed by each step of the process was calculated. The GHG emissions generated from the 1,142,688 ACS-containing buildings in Korea was estimated to total 23,778 tonCO2eq to 132,141 tonCO2eq. This study was meaningful in that the emissions generated by ACS removal have not been studied before. Furthermore, the study deals with additional problems that can be triggered by the presence of asbestos in building materials. The method provided in this study is expected to contribute greatly to the calculation of GHG emissions caused by ACM worldwide. View Full-Text
Keywords: greenhouse gas (GHG); asbestos containing materials (ACM); demolition stage; building greenhouse gas (GHG); asbestos containing materials (ACM); demolition stage; building
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Kim, Y.-C.; Hong, W.-H.; Zhang, Y.-L.; Son, B.-H.; Seo, Y.-K.; Choi, J.-H. Estimating the Additional Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Korea: Focused on Demolition of Asbestos Containing Materials in Building. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 902.

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