Special Issue "Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in Building Construction: Focus on Embodied Carbon and Energy"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Buildings".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Seongwon Seo
Guest Editor
Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Interests: climate mitigation, adaptation, resilience and sustainability of the built environment; urban and infrastructure systems modelling and sustainability transitions
Prof. Dr. Greg Foliente
Guest Editor
Department of Infrastructure Engineering, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Interests: sustainable built environment; sustainable construction; green building materials; sustainable architecture; energy efficiency in buildings; sustainable development; urban sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cranes that dominate the skyline of most cities may remind people about the environmental impacts of construction, but most people are not aware that about 40 per cent of global energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from the building and construction sector. Even when acknowledged, this figure often excludes the embodied energy and carbon emissions in products and the construction process.  

The 2016 Paris Agreement has provided an impetus for stronger partnerships and collaborations within the global building and construction industry to significantly reduce GHG emissions in the sector. However, these are mainly focused on energy/carbon reduction in the operational phase along the life cycle of built assets. The embodied energy/carbon, resulting from energy-related carbon emissions in product manufacturing, transportation, construction, use of building (e.g., repair, maintenance, refurbishment) and end of life (deconstruction), accounts for around 20% additional energy-related carbon emissions. A range of policy instruments, technologies, and initiatives that explicitly consider embodied energy and carbon emissions are needed to achieve net zero emission goals, and a more sustainable building and construction sector.

This Special Issue aims to present the latest research and development on the impacts and performance related to the embodied energy/carbon of built assets across scales (from products to building stock) and life cycle stages. We seek original paper(s) not only on methodological issues, but also on data and tool integration, policies, and related case studies that contribute to the above objective.

Dr. Seongwon Seo
Prof. Dr. Greg Foliente
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Challenges in assessing embodied energy/carbon (methodology, data, guideline, etc.)
  • Policies related to embodied energy/carbon
  • Data management of embodied energy/carbon
  • Benchmarking of embodied energy/carbon
  • Supporting tools or platforms for embodied energy/carbon reduction
  • Case studies of each phase of embodied energy/carbon (A4 and A5, B3 to B5, C1-C4 or consideration of stage D or whole of embodied energy/carbon, etc.)
  • Circularity of materials in construction

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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