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Sustainability 2016, 8(4), 348;

Analysis of CO2 Emission Characteristics of Concrete Used at Construction Sites

Building and Urban Research Institute, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, Daehwa-dong 283, Goyandae-Ro, ILsanseo-Gu, Goyang-Si, Gyeonggi-Do 10223, Korea
Building Project Operation Division, GS Engineering & Construction, Gran Seoul 33, Jongro, Jongro-Gu, Seoul 03159, Korea
Technological Development Team, Hanyang Corporation, 558 Songpadae-Ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul 05510, Korea
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Academic Editor: Muge Mukaddes Darwish
Received: 5 February 2016 / Revised: 1 April 2016 / Accepted: 5 April 2016 / Published: 8 April 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)
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As the greenhouse gas reduction goal of 37% below business-as-usual (BAU) by 2030, the construction industry is recognized as an anti-environment industry for mass consumption/mass waste; thus, members of the industry are requested to make efforts to transform it into an environment-friendly industry. Concrete, a common construction material, is known to emit large amounts of environmentally hazardous waste during the processes related to its production, construction, maintenance, and demolition. The amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the product is specified in a ready-mixed concrete report whenever concrete is sold commercially. Hence, there have been many studies addressing the quantitative evaluation and reduction of the environmental effects of concrete. This study aims to introduce a method for assessing the amount of carbon dioxide emission from the processes of producing concrete. Moreover, we measured the quantities of CO2 emission of about 10 under-construction projects, including office buildings, apartment buildings, and high-rise residential buildings in South Korea. Using the assessment result, we analyzed the CO2 reduction performance of an office building in South Korea and drew conclusions about measures for reducing CO2 emission. View Full-Text
Keywords: concrete; life cycle assessment (LCA); CO2 emission characteristic; construction site concrete; life cycle assessment (LCA); CO2 emission characteristic; construction site

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Kim, T.H.; Chae, C.U.; Kim, G.H.; Jang, H.J. Analysis of CO2 Emission Characteristics of Concrete Used at Construction Sites. Sustainability 2016, 8, 348.

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