The incorporation of sustainability principles into the structural engineering design of buildings is increasingly important.Historically the focus of improvements to the environmental performance of structures has been operational energy considerations.Current research has highlighted the requirement for changing the approach by increasing the consideration of embodied energy in structures. This research was conducted to build on previous research by the authors in quantifying the contribution of column optimization to the embodied energy performance of concrete framed buildings. Ultimately, the authors intend to develop mechanisms through which sustainable design can be quantified, enabling alleviation prior to construction. Columns are a key structural element to consider as part of this development process. The outcomes of this assessment reinforced previous findings, observing that reduced structural weight as a result of other sustainable design measures carries manifold benefits include column design savings. Through the quantification of the embodied energy outcomes during this research phase, the columns were shown to contribute up to 19.71%of the total embodied energy of the structural system dependent upon construction technique used.
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|Published - 2015
|Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society - Yokohama, Japan, Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 1 Jan 2015 → …
Conference number: 21st
|Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
|1/01/15 → …