Tracking Construction Material over Space and Time
What is it about?
Construction material plays an increasingly important role in the environmental impacts of buildings. We developed a model that uses three-dimensional GIS building data to determine the amount of material stocks in Swiss residential buildings. We run a number of scenarios to determine future material flows and environmental impacts due to construction, refurbishment, and demolition of buildings. In Switzerland material demand and construction waste will be of the same order of magnitude. This represents an important opportunity for material recycling. Nevertheless, the total environmental impacts due to production and disposal of construction material remain relatively stable over time. Using wood as a construction material has the potential to reduce total environmental impact. Insulation material is identified as a particularly problematic material.
Why is it important?
Our results illustrate the feasibility and potential of a sophisticated national model that is able to estimate future construction material flows and the associated environmental impact.
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