DOI: 10.5176/2301-394X_ACE17.7

Authors: Donna Kacmar

Abstract:

We have recently documented the carbon footprint of two buildings. Both buildings are new 300,000 square foot concrete frame office buildings in Houston, Texas commissioned by the same developer, built by the same contractor, yet designed by different architects. We tracked the carbon emitted from materials, workers transportation, energy use on site, and waste. It is becoming increasingly important for designers to understand the implications of their material choices and this study helps clarify some of the results of design decisions

Keywords: Carbon; sustainability; materials; emmisions

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