The current focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in new buildings often overlooks embedded carbon, which is the amount of carbon resulting from the construction process itself. While building architects are getting better at designing buildings to emit less carbon once they are completed, there is still a large gap in knowledge about how to reduce carbon emissions and other environmental impacts from the selection of materials, specification of concrete and steel, methods and approaches for building on site, and looking at sustainable supply chains.
This research project will focus on new designs of specific buildings on the HKUST campus and will be shared with developers to support better decision-making in Hong Kong and the region.
- Testing/ Reviewing suitable Life Cycle Assessment Calculation Tools
- Research on existing databases for embodied carbon and other building life cycle information for Hong Kong and Mainland China
- Data collection for locally relevant building materials
By the end of the project students will be able to
- understand the key concepts of life cycle-based assessments to provide quantitative evidence on building sustainability
- gain basic skills for life-cycle assessment
- have an overview of construction related software tools and life-cycle approaches to analyse building materials