In order to ensure that the Integrated Carbon Metrics (ICM) project meets industry and user needs, a scoping study was conducted within Australia with construction industry professionals. The aim of the study included the following: Gain an understanding of the construction industry’s current approach to embodied carbon assessment; Identify perceived strengths and weaknesses of current embodied carbon assessment tools; and Identify potential areas for improvement to existing tools and recommendations for development for new embodied carbon toolsThe results of the study were presented at an Industry Utilisation Workshop, which was held at UNSW Australia on 22 May 2015. This workshop provided a platform where the tools and research related to the ICM project could be demonstrated to a wide range of industry professionals so as to gain feedback and generate discussion. The scoping study, together with the workshop, provided a means to determine where the ICM project’s future goals should be directed, so as to ensure research and tools are developed to best suit industry requirements. This report provides a summary of the scoping study’s findings and brief discussion of the workshop outcomes.
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This project interim report presents the initial outcomes of the research that consist of:
PART 1: Recruitment of participants from single dwellings and multi-unit dwellings, and initial data analysis of the stage 1 survey;
PART 2: Analysis of the BASIX assessment model, key variables and methods of data collection for the stage 2 energy performance monitoring.
The building sector is responsible for a significant proportion of a nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. In an attempt to mitigate these emissions, industry and government have been mainly focussed on reducing operational emissions associated with buildings, leaving the embodied emissions largely ignored. As operational emissions continue to decrease, embodied emissions will start to play a larger role in the life cycle emissions of the built environment.
One third of global greenhouse gas emissions are emitted from the building sector contributing significantly to the problem of climate change. While more work has been done on decreasing direct emissions from the operation of buildings, embodied emissions of construction materials receive little consideration even though they constitute a significant additional proportion of emissions.
Cutter soil mix (CSM) walls are created by mixing soils with cement and bentonite slurry to produce a soil–cement mix with modest tensile and compressive strengths. CSM walls may be stabilised using internal steel beams. Presented here are the results of a CSM wall field trial and laboratory testing programme.