Toward environmentally sustainable construction processes: The U.S. and Canada's perspective on energy consumption and GHG/CAP emissions

Changbum Ahn, Sang Hyun Lee, Feniosky Peña-Mora, Simaan Abourizk

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Abstract

In the building and construction sector, most efforts related to sustainable development have concentrated on the environmental performance of the operation of buildings and infrastructure. However, several studies have called for the need to mitigate the considerable environmental impacts, especially air pollutant emissions and energy consumption, generated by construction processes. To provide a point of reference for initiating the development of environmentally sustainable construction processes, this article identifies energy consumption and air emissions resulting from construction activities and examines previous approaches utilized to assess such environmental impact. This research also identifies the opportunities and challenges to mitigate such environmental impact from construction processes, based on the investigation of current technology policies, regulations, incentives, and guidelines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-370
Number of pages17
JournalSustainability
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Construction processes
  • Environmental management
  • Sustainable construction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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