Are the Greenhouse Gas Implications of New Residential Developments Understood Wrongly?

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en Heinonen, Jukka Säynäjoki, Antti Kuronen, Matti Junnila, Seppo 2017-05-11T09:16:05Z 2017-05-11T09:16:05Z 2012
dc.identifier.citation Heinonen , J , Säynäjoki , A , Kuronen , M & Junnila , S 2012 , ' Are the Greenhouse Gas Implications of New Residential Developments Understood Wrongly? ' ENERGIES , vol 5 , no. 8 , pp. 2874-2893 . DOI: 10.3390/en5082874 en
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dc.description.abstract Built environment carbon reduction strategies materialize predominantly in city-level greenhouse gas (GHG) management, where new residential development appears as one of the key instruments. However, city-level assessments are often incapable of producing data at a community or neighborhood level and thus they may heavily underestimate the emissions from new construction. This paper explores the implications of low-energy residential construction as an instrument of climate change mitigation in the built environment and demonstrates why city-level approaches easily fail to identify the significance of the emissions from construction. We employ a hybrid life cycle assessment (LCA) approach to demonstrate that, when the temporal allocation of emissions from the construction and use phases is taken into account, construction phase emissions come to have a central role in finding effective GHG mitigation strategies—even when the emissions from all consumption activities during the use phase are included in the assessment. In fact, their role would seem to be so central that new residential construction cannot be utilized as an instrument of city carbon management, even over a relatively long period. While we analyze a case study from Finland, the analysis intends to highlight the situation throughout the globe en
dc.format.extent 2874-2893
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries ENERGIES en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 5, issue 8 en
dc.rights openAccess en
dc.subject.other 212 Civil and construction engineering en
dc.subject.other 222 Other engineering and technologies en
dc.subject.other 513 Law en
dc.subject.other 520 Other social sciences en
dc.subject.other 113 Computer and information sciences en
dc.subject.other 1171 Geosciences en
dc.title Are the Greenhouse Gas Implications of New Residential Developments Understood Wrongly? en
dc.type A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä fi
dc.description.version Peer reviewed en
dc.contributor.department Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics en
dc.contributor.department Department of Built Environment en
dc.subject.keyword city
dc.subject.keyword climate change
dc.subject.keyword construction
dc.subject.keyword life-cycle assessment
dc.subject.keyword low-energy
dc.subject.keyword neighborhood
dc.subject.keyword real estate business
dc.subject.keyword REB
dc.subject.keyword resident
dc.subject.keyword 212 Civil and construction engineering
dc.subject.keyword 222 Other engineering and technologies
dc.subject.keyword 513 Law
dc.subject.keyword 520 Other social sciences
dc.subject.keyword 113 Computer and information sciences
dc.subject.keyword 1171 Geosciences
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201705114360
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/en5082874
dc.type.version publishedVersion

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