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dc.contributor.authorCabeza, Luisa F.
dc.contributor.authorBoquera, Laura
dc.contributor.authorChàfer, Marta
dc.contributor.authorVérez, David
dc.description.abstractClimate change mitigation is a recurrent consciousness topic among society and policymakers. Actions are being adopted to face this crucial environmental challenge, with a rising concern with a big impact on the building sector. Construction materials have a high carbon footprint as well as an energy- intensive activity. To measure the environmental damage and effects, life cycle assessment (LCA) is the methodology most widespread. However, the LCA methodology itself and the assumptions done to carry it out leads to a generalized burden to compare the case studies outcomes. LCA method and for instance geographical location are incompatibilities also revealed in embodied energy and embodied carbon assessments. Urgent actions are needed to clarify the confusions arisen in the research, considering a detailed study on the embodied energy and embodied carbon values. From a material level point of view, this paper aims to illustrate the chronological overview of embodied energy and embodied carbon through keywords analysis. Moreover, to support and corroborate the analysis, an organized summary of the literature data is presented, reporting the range of embodied energy and embodied carbon values up to now. This systematic analysis evidences the lack of standardization and disagreement regarding the assessment of coefficients, database source, and boundary system used in the methodology assessment.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was partially funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades de España (RTI2018-093849-B-C31 - MCIU/AEI/FEDER, UE) and by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades - Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) (RED2018-102431-T). The authors would like to thank the Catalan Government for the quality accreditation given to their research group GREiA (2017 SGR 1537). GREiA is a certified agent TECNIO in the category of technology developers from the Government of Catalonia. This work is partially supported by ICREA under the ICREA Academia programme.
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dc.relation.ispartofEnergy and Buildings, 2021, vol. 231, p. 110612-1-110612-26
dc.rightscc-by-nc-nd (c) Elsevier Science, 2021
dc.subjectClimate change mitigation
dc.subjectEmbodied energy
dc.subjectEmbodied carbon
dc.subjectRange of values
dc.subjectStructural building materials
dc.subjectLiterature map
dc.subjectBibliometric analysis
dc.titleEmbodied energy and embodied carbon of structural building materials: Worldwide progress and barriers through literature map analysis

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