EPiC: Introducing a database of hybrid environmental flow coefficients for construction materials
AuthorCrawford, RH; Stephan, A; Prideaux, F
Source TitleIOP Conference Series : Earth and Environmental Science
AffiliationArchitecture, Building and Planning
Document TypeConference Paper
CitationsCrawford, R. H., Stephan, A. & Prideaux, F. (2020). EPiC: Introducing a database of hybrid environmental flow coefficients for construction materials. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 588, (4), pp.042052-042052. IOP Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1088/1755-1315/588/4/042052.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access URLPublished version
ARC Grant codeARC/DP150100962
As worldwide consumption of materials continues to rise, there is growing pressure on material, energy and water resources and an increase in waste production and greenhouse gas emissions. A much more sustainable approach to the procurement of built assets is crucial to avoid exacerbating existing environmental pressures. Product and process-based environmental data is an important element in understanding how current and future built assets perform. This paper analyses environmental flow data for a range of construction materials contained within the Environmental Performance in Construction (EPiC) Database, a new, open access repository of hybrid environmental flow coefficients for construction materials. The structural paths of 131 construction materials are analysed to identify trends and contributors to embodied water, energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions coefficients. The disaggregation and analysis of material coefficients shows the complexity of the material supply chains and provides insight into the key inputs and outputs resulting from the production of construction materials.
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