Carbon footprint calculation of different building typologies under construction and operation stages

Ahmetoğlu S., Tanık A. G.

International Journal of Environment and Geoinformatics (IJEGEO), vol.9, no.3, pp.1-13, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


Within the scope of this study, in line with the activities carried out in the calculation of carbon footprint, the direct and indirect sources of emissions of two different building typologies, hospital and complex building covering shopping mall, offices and residences were determined representing both the pre-operation (construction) and the post-construction (operation) processes to cover the entire sector. The scope was determined in line with 3 classifications specified in ISO 14064 Greenhouse Gas Calculation and Verification Management System. In the light of determined emission sources and scopes, the carbon footprint of the hospitals and complex building projects for at least 2 years were calculated and the changes among them were evaluated according to the years. In carbon footprint sample calculations, priority emission sources are determined and detailed with graphics. The findings obtained within the scope of the projects built and/or operated for different purposes representing different processes of the construction sector is that electricity consumption has the biggest share regarding the carbon footprint. In addition, world-wide examples of mitigation applications were shared as a result of calculations.

Keywords: carbon footprint; construction sector, complex building, GHG emissions, hospital, Turkey.