Indicators for environmental monitoring of the Swedish building and real estate management sector
2013 (English)In: Building Research & Information, ISSN 0961-3218, E-ISSN 1466-4321, Vol. 41, no 2, 146-155 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In order to assess the environmental impact of the Swedish building and property (real estate) management sector, a new top-down life cycle assessment (LCA) method was used which was based on inputoutput analysis using national statistical data. Six indicators were developed as suitable for environmental monitoring of the sector: energy use; emissions of greenhouse gases; emissions of nitrogen oxides; emissions of particulates; use of hazardous chemical products; and generation of waste. These indicators were then used to describe the environmental performance of the sector over a 15-year period in order to monitor change and improvement. The use of energy and emissions to air can be effectively followed in time-series. These indicators could be used to create incentives to evaluate regularly improvement work and to inform policy and practice. For greenhouse gas emissions, a trend was identified for space heating to become less important than construction and management towards the end of the period studied, most likely due to a transition from fossil fuels to renewable fuels for heat production. Key implications will be on the selection of building materials, the construction process and the extension of building longevity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2013. Vol. 41, no 2, 146-155 p.
building and real estate management, climate change, environmental indicators, environmental monitoring
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-107464DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2012.749747ISI: 000316067600002ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84875722283OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-107464DiVA: diva2:576021
QC 201304112012-12-112012-12-112013-04-11Bibliographically approved