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RP1034 Carbon Value Engineering

Project leader name: 
Dr Philip Oldfield, Dr Ali Akbar Nezhad & Prof David Carmichael, UNSW
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Project period: 
03/2017 to 09/2018

This project seeks to maximise the reduction of embodied carbon in the built environment by adapting the industry-standard practice of value engineering; a common practice where cost reduction and constructability are optimised before construction. It will develop a new value engineering framework that focusses not only on cost, but also maximises the reduction of embodied carbon emissions through innovative dematerialisation strategies early in the building design. It is estimated that adopting this framework could save up to 1.2MtCO2eq/year from building construction in Australia.

Publications related to this project

CRCLCL Project Reports

This research explores the carbon impact of current Value Engineering practices in Australia. To accomplish this goal, a complex mixed-use building in Sydney was modelled to determine the capital material costs and initial embodied carbon emissions before and after the VE process....