DEEP

 

Digital energy estimation project

For professionals working in the construction of buildings,
a leap of knowledge and skill required to address the issues of embodied carbon.

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DEEP is dedicated to finding new and innovative solutions to address excessive carbon consumption within built environment and infrastructure projects, by using modern digital tools to address both operational and embodied aspects.

This gives stakeholders greater control and ways of decreasing both aspects in early design stages.

Background

The impact of buildings as a contributor to climate change has been well documented with approximately 40-50% of global energy use and 20% of resources. A house for example, is responsible for energy and CO2 generation in two ways, embodied and operational emissions.

Operational emissions refers to fuel from fossil sources (gas, coal) is burnt to run the heating system and lighting, what is not measured is the energy that every construction material (wood, glass, steel) component has been through manufacturing processes which also emit CO2. This process is also energy intensive and responsible for emissions and is referred to as embodied energy.

 

In order to understand the total energy use of a house or building, both operational and embodied energy need to be taken into account.

Operational energy is the energy required to run a building by operating processes such as heating and cooling, lighting, ventilating and appliances; whereas embodied energy of a building is the energy consumed by all the processes associated with its production i.e. extract raw resources, process materials, assemble product components.

Why is it important to consider the Life Cycle of building materials?

Life Cycle Assessments are produced to evaluate the environmental impact of a product or service. LCAs are a methodology for assessing all environmental inputs and outputs from cradle to grave. Together with energy demand the most common impacts discussed in LCAs are:

 

  • Global Warming Potential (GWP)
  • Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)
  • Acidification Potential (AP)

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Cities are the mines of the future

A famous proverb by Jane Jacob who transformed city planning with her vision is still a very true statement today! It is widely accepted that buildings primary energy use (operational energy ) has made a large contribution towards climate change.

Globally it accounts for approximately 40-50% of global energy consumption for operational energy requirements and 30% of global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions.

While operational energy and carbon efficiency has traditionally received considerable attention embodied energy portion (building materials) of Built Environment assets tended to be neglected. Therefore this is why it is the important to consider this both now and looking to the future.

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Cities are the mines of the future

A famous proverb by Jane Jacob who transformed city planning with her vision is still a very true statement today! It is widely accepted that buildings’ primary energy use (operational energy) has made a large contribution towards climate change.

Globally it accounts for approximately 40-50% of global energy consumption for operational energy requirements and 30% of global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions.

While operational energy and carbon efficiency has traditionally received considerable attention embodied energy portion (building materials) of Built Environment assets tended to be neglected. Therefore this is why it is the important to consider this both now and looking to the future.

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