Cutting lifetime residential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions

Red Zephyr Blue (RZB) HouseThere is an urgent need to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net zero or beyond within the lifetime of buildings constructed today. This note focuses on strategies and measures that help to achieve this goal in relation to residential building design, construction and initial fit-out. Many decisions are made during these phases that have substantial implications for emissions from production and supply of materials, during decades of operation and at end of life. Emissions associated with furniture, plug-in appliances, consumables such as food, and transport are not addressed.

note summary
  1. Introduction
  2. Background
  3. The designer’s role in zero-emission housing
  4. Other important issues
  5. Conclusion