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Carbon Footprint Assessment of the Pre-panelized Construction Process Open Access


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Carbon footprint assessment
CO2 emission
Life cycle assessment
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Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Naseri Esfahani, Mehrdad
Supervisor and department
Gul, Mustafa (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Al-Hussein, Mohamed (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Examining committee member and department
Gul, Mustafa (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Al-Hussein, Mohamed (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
AbouRizk, Simaan (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Ayranci, Cagri (Department of Mechanical Engineering)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Construction Engineering and Management
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Graduation date
Master of Science
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Higher demand for residential construction in Canada in recent years has led some companies to move from conventional site-built construction to pre-fabrication methods. Although pre-fabrication can improve quality and construction speed, its sustainability in terms of CO2 emissions compared to site-built construction also needs to be assessed. This research thus focuses on CO2 assessment of the pre-panelized construction process in order to reduce the environmental impact of construction and provide a benchmark for the pre-panelized process. Results from the CO2 assessment of a pre-panelized company process show that almost 40% of total CO2 emissions are related to utility usage in the factory. Furthermore, a comparison of the carbon footprint of the company’s current process to that of its past process (site-built framing) shows that pre-panelized wood framing leads to less CO2 emissions per floor area if the company’s production level exceeds a certain level.
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