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Reducing Embodied Energy in Construction through Collaboration: Five Case Studies using ‘bio-based’ materials

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In 2008 embodied energy in construction accounted for 17% of carbon emissions in the UK and is set to rise as a proportion of total emissions as other sectors cut their operational emissions. The use ‘bio-based’ materials may be an important way to reduce the embodied energy of construction. A series of five case studies are presented using hemp lime, timber and strawbale construction. Typically problems have occurred due to lack of design guidance, inexperience and a lack of early contractor involvement. A collaborative culture and approach has overcome these problems and ensured that lessons learnt are taken through to future projects.
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Keywords: bio-based materials; collaboration; embodied energy; low-rise buildings

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: JBA Consulting Ltd, Edinburgh, UK, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 19 April 2017

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