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Toward Environmentally Sustainable Construction Processes: The U.S. and Canada’s Perspective on Energy Consumption and GHG/CAP Emissions

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  • Changbum Ahn

    () (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 205 N. Mathews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801, USA)

  • SangHyun Lee

    () (The Hole School of Construction Engineering, 3-023 Markin/CNRL Natural Resources Engineering Facility, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2W2, Canada)

  • Feniosky Peña-Mora

    () (The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University, 510 S.W. Mudd Bldg, 500 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027, USA)

  • Simaan Abourizk

    () (The Hole School of Construction Engineering, 3-023 Markin/CNRL Natural Resources Engineering Facility, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2W2, Canada)

Abstract

In the building and construction sector, most efforts related to sustainable development have concentrated on the environmental performance of the operation of buildings and infrastructure. However, several studies have called for the need to mitigate the considerable environmental impacts, especially air pollutant emissions and energy consumption, generated by construction processes. To provide a point of reference for initiating the development of environmentally sustainable construction processes, this article identifies energy consumption and air emissions resulting from construction activities and examines previous approaches utilized to assess such environmental impact. This research also identifies the opportunities and challenges to mitigate such environmental impact from construction processes, based on the investigation of current technology policies, regulations, incentives, and guidelines.

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  • Changbum Ahn & SangHyun Lee & Feniosky Peña-Mora & Simaan Abourizk, 2010. "Toward Environmentally Sustainable Construction Processes: The U.S. and Canada’s Perspective on Energy Consumption and GHG/CAP Emissions," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(1), pages 1-17, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:1:p:354-370:d:6887
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    2. Peters, Valerie A. & Manley, Dawn K., 2012. "An examination of fuel consumption trends in construction projects," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 50(C), pages 496-506.
    3. repec:gam:jsusta:v:10:y:2018:i:4:p:1131-:d:140323 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Min-Ren Yan, 2015. "Project-Based Market Competition and Policy Implications for Sustainable Developments in Building and Construction Sectors," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(11), pages 1-26, November.

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    Keywords

    sustainable construction; environmental management; construction processes;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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