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Aye, L, Bamford, N, Charters, B and Robinson, J (2002) The carbon footprint of a new commercial building. In: Greenwood, D (Ed.), Proceedings 18th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2002, Northumbria, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 129–36.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: carbon footprint; commercial building; energy; greenhouse gas; forest
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 7 8
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2002-129-136_Aye_et_al.pdf
  • Abstract:
    Commercial buildings are significant users of energy. The resultant greenhouse gas emissions in carbon dioxide equivalent are quantified in order to assess how it may be absorbed by forest creation, the chosen method of the Australian Government in addressing its Greenhouse protocol targets. With the aim of neutral greenhouse gas emission to the upper atmosphere, a ratio of built floor area to forest acreage is established. It was found that considerable areas of forest would be required to achieve a neutral balance in construction of a typical new commercial building.