Buildings are one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide and green house emissions as these gases are the by product of electricity consumption which is used extensively in these buildings. Management of carbon emissions with reduced energy consumption can be addressed throughbuilding energy modelling.
Carbon footprint of a building is the amount of carbon dioxide and other green house gases emitted over the life span of a building. It is expressed as kilograms of CO2 equivalents. These gases are emitted in construction of the buildings, transport of materials to the site of construction, operations of a building, revamping of the building, replacement of materials.
The demand for office buildings which have reduced carbon emissions and have low energy designs in increasing by the day. Though not quantifiable, such designs increase in the productivity of the staff. The developers, owners and tenants are looking at buildings with sustainability being one of the most important requisites.
It is important to reduce the carbon emissions due to energy consumption in the office buildings. Increasing renewable sources of energy and maximising the use of natural lighting and ventilation can help in reduction of energy consumption. Designing for natural ventilation and the response of the building keeping in mind issues of thermal and visual discomfort can help in substantial savings in cost in the long run. Building energy modelling synergises the building design with the environment and can help reduce the carbon emissions in the most cost effective manner in both existing and new buildings.
Carbon Emissions and Building Energy Modelling