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Carbon Footprint Assessment of the Pre-panelized Construction Process

  • Author / Creator
    Naseri Esfahani, Mehrdad
  • 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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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R36D7H
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Specialization
    • Construction Engineering and Management
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Al-Hussein, Mohamed (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Gul, Mustafa (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • AbouRizk, Simaan (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Gul, Mustafa (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Al-Hussein, Mohamed (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
    • Ayranci, Cagri (Department of Mechanical Engineering)