Decreasing the CO2 emissions and the embodied nergy in the UAE through the selection of sustainable building materials in the construction phase

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
A great quantity of CO2 is emitted to the atmosphere through the different phases of a building life cycle: in the production of materials and products, in the construction of the building itself, in the setting of the site, in the exploitation, the renovations, the later rehabilitations, up to the final demolition. The purpose of this study is to quantify the total amount of CO2 emissions and embodied energy that can be saved by the method presented in the particular phase of the material selection within the life cycle of a building. This material selection, as well as the bioclimatic characteristics, must be defined from the early design project phase. As a result, the research shows the possibility of reducing the embodied energy in building materials up to 53% and the CO2 emissions produced up to 59% in the construction phase, through a careful selection of building materials with sustainable features.
CO2 emissions, sustainable buildings, building materials, United Arab Emirates (UAE), bioclimatic, high-rise residential building, energy