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Chan, K H (2012) Critical factors in minimizing lighting energy. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 8(01), 21-29.
Fadeyi, M O (2012) Compromise between ventilation, filtration strategies and recirculation rates for the design and operation of air-conditioned facilities in the tropics. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 8(01), 6-20.
Kurul, E, Tah, J H M and Cheung, F (2012) Does the UK built environment sector have the institutional capacity to deliver sustainable development?. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 8(01), 42-54.
Obonyo, E (2012) Developing enhanced, lignocellulosic fibre reinforcement for low-cost, cementitious, construction materials. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 8(01), 30-41.
Piroozfar, P, Altan, H and Popovic-Larsen, O (2012) Design for sustainability: A comparative study of a customized modern method of construction versus conventional methods of construction. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 8(01), 55-75.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: carbon footprint; environmental impact; mass customization; modern methods of construction; off-site production; personalization; sustainability
- ISBN/ISSN: 1745-2007
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2012.650935
Emergent methods of construction are believed to have achieved higher standards, thereby delivering improved building performance. Added to the higher living standards however, this sometimes proves to be very difficult to evaluate. In addition, the state-of-the-art strategies and methods applied elsewhere, if employed in the construction industry, might not prove as environmentally friendly as they might need to be. This has been used as our core discussion to evaluate new buildings against refurbishment with reference to environmental performance. This article investigates an offsite construction method offering customization against its conventional counterpart in a fairly controlled context. The comparison has been normalized to guarantee most realistic results. We start with a brief introduction to the two educational buildings, followed by a brief overview of customization strategy. We will then argue why the new building can be accounted for as a mass customizable system. The data was collected, collated and analysed, and the environmental impact of two buildings was measured using two different open-source applications. The result shows that despite the higher standards required by law, which in return increases the environmental impacts, the new school building is performing significantly better with a slightly lower environmental impact compared to the old building.