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Embodied energy of a UK office fit-out

Abtahi, S; (2006) Embodied energy of a UK office fit-out. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This dissertation investigates the environmental impacts of interior office fit-outs in a specific office building in London namely the British Sky Broadcasting Limited, as a further detailed case study. The environmental categories are embodied energy and global warming potential which are two of the most important indicators of the overall environmental impact of buildings. The research has shown that selecting products and materials for interior office fit-outs can have a significant affect on environmental impacts for a building. The purposes are to influence design decisions and raising the awareness of occupants, interior designers and architects to consider the overall life cycle embodied energy and global warming potential, in relation to selecting more sustainable interior office fit-outs. This project aims to estimate the environmental performance of interior office fit-outs by promoting life cycle assessment as a tool to examine their overall environmental impacts. The total embodied energy of the building production was determined using the energy intensity figures of a full range of office fit-outs. Furthermore the environmental impacts were calculated during their manufacturing process, use and final disposal according to Green guide hand book and BRE research. Consequently this study has shown that the calculated embodied energy of office internal equipments could contribute to increase the overall embodied energy of a building by 35%.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: Embodied energy of a UK office fit-out
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest. Third party copyright material has been removed from the ethesis. Images identifying individuals have been redacted or partially redacted to protect their identity.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1568307
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