The life cycle environmental impacts of a five storey apartment building—using innovative timber frame construction—were contrasted to a reference building with typical concrete panel construction.
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The study set out to better understand the life cycle environmental impacts of a five-storey apartment building (Study Building), incorporating an innovative timber framed construction approach, versus a Reference Building, which incorporated a typical concrete panel construction approach. When compared, the Study Building was found to perform better than the Reference Building in most indicators over the life cycle. Improvements were most noticeable when the Use Stage of the buildings was excluded from the comparison (which is similar for both buildings). When compared with another innovative building, Forte in Melbourne’s Docklands, the Study Building achieved significant reductions in the climate change impact category under the base-case assumption set (excluding carbon sequestration in landfill).
Researcher*: Mr Andrew Carre
*Undertaken in collaboration with other researchers. Only SBi Lab team member listed.