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Buildings, Volume 9, Issue 8 (August 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Underground construction is perceived as being significantly more costly and more energy-consuming [...] Read more. Underground construction is perceived as being significantly more costly and more energy-consuming than comparable surface construction. Studies that have attempted to quantify this difference tend to compare built projects in heterogeneous conditions. Our contribution to this issue examines the preconceptions the construction industry has about underground construction, presents the method and results of two lifecycle studies of a hypothetical commercial building project in different geological contexts and finds energy consumption and cost to be lower than expected. Our results help to dispel certain misconceptions about underground construction, which can contribute positively to urban sustainable development goals. View this paper.