Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/316681
Title:
Analysis of The Effect of Building Energy Conservation on Reducing Carbon Emissions
Author:
West, Cortney
Issue Date:
9-May-2014
Publisher:
The University of Arizona
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, and the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Collection Information:
This item is part of the Sustainable Built Environments collection. For more information, contact http://sbe.arizona.edu.
Abstract:
Climate change is gaining speed and affecting the life on earth in increasingly drastic ways. Humans are the main cause for climate change with the primary driver being amplified greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Burning of fossil fuels and deforestation are the largest contributors of greenhouse gases, and both are done for human needs and comfort. A major source of greenhouse gases is the energy used to run buildings. Specifically, heating, cooling, and lighting are the largest users of electric; therefore, the largest contributors to climate change. This report takes an in depth look at building energy uses, how the energy used for these systems can be reduced, and how much carbon emissions can be cut by implementing appropriate design strategies and using proper materials for the climate. Computer programs COMcheck and eQUEST were used to analyze building energy performance and analyze the effect of alternate energy strategies. The results show that minimal modifications at the design stage of planning a building can decrease energy needs by up to 45% by passively using the environment as a power source. The results also display that using sensible materials can have a big impact on the long-term carbon emissions of a building. The analysis for this report was designed specifically for commercial buildings; therefore, future research would include the carbon emission analysis for residential buildings.
Description:
Sustainable Built Environments Senior Capstone
Type:
Thesis
Keywords:
Carbon Emissions; Climate Change; Building Energy; Sustainability; Green Building
Mentor:
Chalfoun, Dr. Nader
Instructor:
Keith, Ladd; Iuliano, Joey

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorWest, Cortneyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-05-09T14:10:17Zen
dc.date.available2014-05-09T14:10:17Zen
dc.date.issued2014-05-09en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/316681en
dc.descriptionSustainable Built Environments Senior Capstoneen_US
dc.description.abstractClimate change is gaining speed and affecting the life on earth in increasingly drastic ways. Humans are the main cause for climate change with the primary driver being amplified greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Burning of fossil fuels and deforestation are the largest contributors of greenhouse gases, and both are done for human needs and comfort. A major source of greenhouse gases is the energy used to run buildings. Specifically, heating, cooling, and lighting are the largest users of electric; therefore, the largest contributors to climate change. This report takes an in depth look at building energy uses, how the energy used for these systems can be reduced, and how much carbon emissions can be cut by implementing appropriate design strategies and using proper materials for the climate. Computer programs COMcheck and eQUEST were used to analyze building energy performance and analyze the effect of alternate energy strategies. The results show that minimal modifications at the design stage of planning a building can decrease energy needs by up to 45% by passively using the environment as a power source. The results also display that using sensible materials can have a big impact on the long-term carbon emissions of a building. The analysis for this report was designed specifically for commercial buildings; therefore, future research would include the carbon emission analysis for residential buildings.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherThe University of Arizonaen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, and the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.subjectCarbon Emissionsen_US
dc.subjectClimate Changeen_US
dc.subjectBuilding Energyen_US
dc.subjectSustainabilityen_US
dc.subjectGreen Buildingen_US
dc.titleAnalysis of The Effect of Building Energy Conservation on Reducing Carbon Emissionsen_US
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentCollege of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architectureen_US
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item is part of the Sustainable Built Environments collection. For more information, contact http://sbe.arizona.edu.en_US
dc.contributor.mentorChalfoun, Dr. Naderen_US
dc.contributor.instructorKeith, Ladd; Iuliano, Joeyen_US
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