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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Masonry units molded from Watershed Materials' methods will have lower embodied energy than conventional alternatives, as they are processed without high temperature kiln cycles, and use no Portland or slag cement, or fly ash binder.
The embodied energy, the environmental footprint of the products and the manufacturing costs of energy intensive industries will be reduced, increasing the competitiveness of European products.
Anthony also highlights the benefits of using natural fibers such as flax: they are lightweight and strong; they are hollow so they have good resin retention; they have better properties at failure and no sharp edges; they are sustainable and recyclable--EcoTechnilin's flax is considered "waste;" they have low embodied energy and are easy to manhandle--the fibers don't prick or sting; and they have minimal environmental impact.
There is so much embodied energy contained in existing buildings--the energy it took to make the bricks, to harvest the old growth timber, to mill the woodwork, to make the glass, to hang the plaster.
develops and manufactures sustainable building products that allow customers to dramatically reduce the embodied energy and carbon footprint of their projects and incorporate significant recycled materials, without compromising building performance or budgets.
These are very different: A site carbon footprint does not include the embodied energy in raw materials, it relates only to emissions resulting from site activities.
Sustainable design has really come into its own this year, with post-occupancy evaluation, embodied energy, lifecycle analysis and designing for deconstruction all being given more time, effort and, thankfully, funding by designers, contractors and the like.
My estimate of the amount of embodied energy in that building is equal to the energy in 562,500 gallons of gasoline.
The conference will feature research papers from academics and practitioners from the UK and internationally, across a range of themes including design of new zero carbon buildings, design of zero carbon retrofit, new materials and embodied energy, advances in construction methods including 3D printing, advances in renewable energy systems and climate change.
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These also have low volatile organic compounds and low allergens, as well as having low embodied energy.