Embodied energy


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Embodied energy

The energy consumed by all of the processes associated with the production of a building, landscape, or site, from the acquisition of natural resources to product delivery. This includes the mining and manufacturing of materials and equipment, the transport of the materials, and the administrative functions. Embodied energy is a significant component of the life-cycle impact of a home, building, landscape, or site. Included are the product’s raw material extraction, transport, manufacturing, assembly, and installation, as well as capital and other costs of a specific material, in addition to disassembly, deconstruction, and/ or decomposition.
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But embodied energy has increased over the same period.
The organization enables early-stage applied research and development of technologies that could dramatically reduce the embodied energy and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing.
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The implications of the Phase one results are driving Phase II of the project, and can ultimately lead to a reduction in cost for carbon fibre composite structures, making them more amenable for adoption in the automotive and other high volume industries, reduce embodied energy, and can directly lead to a creation of jobs in the industry.
The residence is said to demonstrate Masdar's commitment to the three pillars of social, economic and environmental sustainability and is designed to promote biodiversity, while minimising the use of high embodied energy materials.
The residence reflects Masdar's commitment to the three pillars of social, economic and environmental sustainability and is designed to promote biodiversity while minimising the use of 'high embodied energy' materials.
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