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Abdul-Aziz, A-R and Wong, S S (2010) Exploring the internationalization of Malaysian contractors: the international entrepreneurship dimension. Construction Management and Economics, 28(01), 61.

Chow, L K and Ng, S T (2010) Delineating the performance standards of engineering consultants at design stage. Construction Management and Economics, 28(01), 11.

Davies, M, Jackaway, A, Hardy, R, Dewey, E and Littler, J (2000) A translucent louvre system: design concepts, modelling work and monitored data. Building Research & Information, 28(01), 42–50.

Fay, R, Treloar, G and Iyer-Raniga, U (2000) Life-cycle energy analysis of buildings: a case study. Building Research & Information, 28(01), 31–41.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: life cycle; energy analysis; residential buildings; embodied energy; Australia
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: http://taylorandfrancis.metapress.com/link.asp?id=ba4kd4h1jfrw5wue
  • Abstract:
    Energy use is a widely used measure of the environmental impact of buildings. Recent studies have highlighted the importance of both the operational and embodied energy attributable to buildings over their lifetime. The method of assessing lifetime building energy is known as life-cycle energy analysis. With Kyoto target obligations necessitating the quantification of greenhouse gas emissions at the national level, it seems increasingly probable that analyses of this kind will increase in use. If conducted in primary energy terms, such analyses directly reflect greenhouse gas emissions, except for a few processes that involve significant non-energy related emissions such as cement manufacture. A Life-Cycle Assessment would include these issues, as well as other environmental parameters, though probably with a corresponding decrease in system boundary completeness. This paper briefly explains some of the theoretical issues associated with life-cycle energy analysis and then uses an Australian based case study to demonstrate its use in evaluating alternative design strategies for an energy efficient residential building. For example, it was found that the addition of higher levels of insulation in Australia paid back its initial embodied energy in life-cycle energy terms in around 12 years. However, the saving represented less than 6% of the total embodied energy and operational energy of the building over a 100-year life cycle. This indicates that there may be other strategies worth pursuing before additional insulation. Energy efficiency and other environmental strategies should be prioritized on a life-cycle basis.

Hallowell, M (2010) Cost-effectiveness of construction safety programme elements. Construction Management and Economics, 28(01), 34.

Hatmoko, J U D and Scott, S (2010) Simulating the impact of supply chain management practice on the performance of medium-sized building projects. Construction Management and Economics, 28(01), 49.

Jacobsson, M and Linderoth, H C J (2010) The influence of contextual elements, actors’ frames of reference, and technology on the adoption and use of ICT in construction projects: a Swedish case study. Construction Management and Economics, 28(01), 23.

Jensen, D A (2010) A longitudinal study of a Type I differing conditions claim: investigating the contractor’s failure to meet the reasonable prudent standard. Construction Management and Economics, 28(01), 74.

Liu, L and Napier, Z (2010) The accuracy of risk-based cost estimation for water infrastructure projects: preliminary evidence from Australian projects. Construction Management and Economics, 28(01), 100.

Luo, J and Gale, A (2000) The evolution of the Chinese construction industry. Building Research & Information, 28(01), 51–8.

Sha, K, Deng, X and Cui, C (2000) Sustainable construction in China: status quo and trends. Building Research & Information, 28(01), 59–66.

Slaughter, E S (2000) Implementation of construction innovations. Building Research & Information, 28(01), 2–17.

Vijverberg, G (2000) Basing maintenance needs on accommodation policy. Building Research & Information, 28(01), 18–30.

Zhang, H and Li, H (2010) Multi-objective particle swarm optimization for construction time-cost tradeoff problems. Construction Management and Economics, 28(01), 88.