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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Including recycling potential in energy use into the life-cycle of buildings
Author(s) Thormark, Catarina
Date 2000
English abstract
Previous life-cycle studies of buildings tended to omit the phases after demolition. If recycling is not included, the potential benefits of recycling are not possible to assess. A parametric study of a one family house is presented which focuses on the potential energy savings by recycling the various building materials after demolition. The results indicate that it can be more important to design a building for recycling than to use materials which require little energy for production, that the creation of effective recycling depends upon its consideration and inclusion at the design stage, that the re-use and adaptation of existing foundations is an important component of recycling.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/096132100368948 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
Host/Issue Building Research and Information;3
Volume 28
ISSN 0961-3218
Pages 176-183
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) recycling, embodied energy, building materials, recycling potential
Technology
Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9845 (link to this page)

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