The potential of natural building materials for carbon sequestration

Babalola, Segun Muyideen (2013) The potential of natural building materials for carbon sequestration. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Carbon emission from the building sector (space heating) has added to increase rate of climate change in UK and globally; hence methodological suggestion by various researchers and corporate carbon organization are establish on how this issue can be resolve considering the future advancement in science and technology. This has led to the climate change act 2009 legislation by the UK government in setting carbon emission reduction targets from 60% to achieving 80% in 2050 and achieving zero carbon homes in 2100 across UK. The report investigate the implementation of carbon sequestration natural building materials (hemp-lime and modcell panel) in the construction of the building; in meeting the 80% set carbon emission reduction target from UK dwelling building types in 2050 compare to using standard conventional building material and establish the building materials life cycle environmental impact over a 100years trend using SimaPro life cycle assessment tool. Hence base on the defined functional unit for the modcell panel and hemp-lime, the established negative net GHG emission from the construction process of creating the materials and there carbon sequestration ability as resulted to a positive environmental impact in reduction of carbon emission in the atmosphere compare to a generated positive net GHG emission from convectional building materials.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2014 09:18
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:39

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