Low Carbon Design Strategies for Residential Villa

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The carbon footprint is defined as as the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused directly and indirectly by an individual, organisation, event or product, and is usually expressed as a carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).The carbon footprint of a building or infrastructure is the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emitted over the life cycle of that building, expressed as kilogrammes of CO2 equivalents. A large share of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the residential buildings can be attributed to energy use in buildings, also called operation energy. Another part of emission is embodied in the building materials (also called embodied energy) because it is produced during the manufacturing and transport.
The study of low carbon strategies for this Residential Villa Project in the hot climate of Saudi Arabia aimed to identify most effective measure to reduce the carbon foot print of this building. Beside analysing the building design, EcoThinking had to look into the carbon emission sources in Saudi Arabia. The focus of this study was on operational and embodied energy. Concluding 18 low carbon design strategies could be identified and were illustrated as practical guidelines for the local architects.

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